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By: liz.m.dunn
Swift Creek Animal Hospital
My father has a cat whom looked like he was about to die, he just looked like he was in a great deal of pain. He was rather old and from experience my father didn't want to see the cat suffer. He asked if I could call around and see how much it would cost to have him put down. I called several place all whom seemed more so about the money and not the health of the cat. Upon calling Swift Creek the lady who answered the phone was very polite. After telling her what was going on she advised me to come in and see Dr Nofzinger so that he could do a exam on the cat. She said there would be NO EXAM charge only the cost of the medication to have him put to sleep if needed. Well I arrived, they seen the cat as I walked in and knew me by name and have never seen me before. The vet assist came in and took one look at the cat and said im sending the doctor in, when he came in he already knew my request and he said sooo tell me why you want the cat put down, I told him my fathers request as he did his exam, after he looked at me and said this cat is constipated thats why he is not eating any more and is why he looks soo ill. He said they could clean him out and change his diet and he'll be as good as new. I told him it was my fathers choice and he was at work. He asked if I could call my father so HE could talk to him. He said he did not see death in this cats eyes and he did'nt want to put him down. After the vet assured my father that this would work my father agreed to the surgery, he told my father that if this did not work that he would refund my father for the cost of the surgery and put the cat down for free! Swift Creek is all about the love for our pets, they are awesome people with a good heart. Since then my father has changed vets for all of his pets and to this day his cat is just as happy as he can be. My brother and his wife started taken their 2 boxer pups and I too have started taken my 3month old pitbull. I dont think we could have found a better place to go!
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By: Joe H.
DR Bill's Pet Infirmary
I've had Pet's most of my life and in that time I have had many Veterinarians. By far Dr. Bill and his staff are the most qualified and compassionate I have ever dealt with. A lot of times past veterinarians have said things that worried me about my pet and have run tests (that run up the bill) later to find out that they were unnecessary. Dr. Bill and his staff have not done that to me. In defense of the other veterinarians I realize that our pets cannot tell the doctor where it hurts but an experienced one can identify what is wrong without all of the tests and X-rays. I would recommend this office to anyone who asks.
By: Russ M.
Sycamore Veterinary Hospital
Sycamore Veterinary Hospital is simply the best! The doctors are extremely competent and so very caring. And the entire staff displayed the same professionalism with the utmost care and concern for us and our dog. Our Westy, Misty, was almost 17 years old when we decided to let her go. Her entire life was under the care of these caring professionals. Russ and Sharon Marsden
By: Jane B.
Sycamore Veterinary Hospital
An excellent choice if you're looking for a great place for your beloved pet(s)!! Love Dr. Adwell and the wonderful, caring staff.
By: Martin J.
Swift Creek Animal Hospital
We have always had a positive experience here with our dogs for both grooming and veterinary care. Do recommend to friends.
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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