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By: T B.
Sisk Veterinary Hospital
On a Sunday morning, my beloved 10 year old dog suddenly began showing major symptoms of gastric torsion, which is one of the most extreme medical emergencies known for dogs. Time is of the essences, as death can come very quickly. I rushed her to Sisk Veterinary Hospital, where Dr. Singh immediately took an x-ray confirming gastric torsion. He began administering IV fluids to stabilize her before beginning emergency surgery. He told me that she most likely had a 50 / 50 chance of surviving surgery, and the follow up care would be very risky, and it might take days to recover. My dog was in very bad shape and I was expecting the worst. I can't even begin to express how thankful I was when Dr. Singh called later that day to let me know that she was alive and well. He was able to rotate her stomach back into alignment and then removed her spleen. He also performed a gastropexy, to help prevent any future gastric torsion. He told me that she could come home later that day. When I returned to the veterinary hospital to get my dog, Dr. Singh thoroughly explained everything to me. He showed me the surgical equipment that he used on her and even showed me her spleen. He spent a great deal of time answering all of my questions, as well as my families questions. Never once did we feel rushed. I would like to emphasize how extremely polite, professional, and kind hearted Dr. Singh was, as well as the other veterinary staff. Dr. Singh asked me to bring her back the following morning for a follow up visit. When I returned Dr. Singh had the biggest smile on his face when he saw how well my dog was doing. I could tell how genuinely he, and his staff members, cared about my dog. Dr. Singh's office called twice the next day to see how my dog was doing. I would also like to say that the price Dr. Singh charged me was exactly how much he had previously estimated. There were no hidden fee's or surprises. This veterinary hospital saved my beloved dog's life in a dire emergency and I am forever grateful.
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By: Stefanie V.
Yosemite Veterinary Hospital
First I am amazed at the previous reviews. So I called the vet to ask why such bad reviews. Aha this location no longer has Dr, Gill. The new vet is Dr. Bassi . I am so happy to hear this as I found Dr. Bassi to be one of the best vets I have ever used. He was a wonderfully warm and knowledgeable Dr. He diagnosed my best friend Pepper as having a staph skin infection when I was told by another vet it was yeast. I was ecstatic as staph is simply antibiotics and yeast problems on skin is very difficult and costly to treat. I also needed Peppers toenails trimmed as he practically has a heart attack if you attempt to trim. So he has to be sedated. 3 other vets have trimmed his nails while sedated and not once did they mention it would be best to cut and cauterize his nails. Dr Bassi did this to pepper which was a fantastic idea. He wouldn't need them cut for a lot longer than the other vets that sedated and barely trimmed them, I assume it was because I would have to bring him back much sooner. Dr. Bassi saved me money and it was the best job ever done on my boy. He also explained to me all about the staph infection, because I had researched the yeast and was certain it was indeed yeast due to the foul smell. He was just an all around great veterinarian. My nephew who brought pepper in with me was equally impressed by his warm and friendly personality. This is great as I live very close . It is a good feeling to trust a vet with your pet, especially when being sedated and having to leave them. I will see you again Dr. Bassi and thank you so much for being a good vet. I am a real customer. My name is Stefanie Vargas and I live in the La Loma area. Just saying because of people that think there are fake yelps. Mine is a real review and I am happy to say so.
By: April E.
Sisk Veterinary Hospital
My cat came out of hiding after losing a bunch of weight, she felt like a skeleton. I took her to Dr Singh and he could tell just by looking after her she had fatty liver disease. Cali would need to be hospitalized for a month, I was overwhelmed by how much it would cost. So I was going to put her down but the Dr said she was to young and we could save her. He worked out a plan for me that I could manage. I would go visit her and the staff was so caring and compassionate. Once she started feeling better the staff would take her out and have there breaks with her. She did so good they would let her roam around the hospital, the staff fell in love with her. Cali came home today and is doing a lot better. I know she is going to miss the staff and all the attention she got there. I will definitely be taking all my pets there.
By: Ruth B.
Sisk Veterinary Hospital
I have found Sisk Veterinary Hospital to be the State of the art, but more than that one that cares for the entire family. My Little Lucy has been very ill and the entire staff has treated not only her but myself as well during this trying time, never giving up, but pursueing until we found an answer. The entire staff are compassionate, caring and knowledgable, calling back to check on her, rechecking if necessary. Dr. Singh is the best in my book and treats Lucy as if she were his own, with love, compassion, care and concern. He has become not only our vet but a family friend as well. I would take my animals to no one else. Ruth Ann
By: christinavellamcknight
Maze Animal Hospital
We rescued a dog and took him to our regular vet...they could not find out what was wrong with him...after thousands of dollars and tons of useless medicine.One visit to Maze/Beckwith Animal Hospital and an x-ray they discovered the problem, did surgery, and our dog is doing GREAT now!Jenny Chatfield has AMAZING bedside(dog side) manners and spent a ton of time with us, explaining the precedure and recovery for our dog. She even came in on Sunday so we could see our dog after surgery!Their staff is so friendly and knew us by name after only one visit. I look forward to a long relationship with our new vet office.
By: Catherine S.
Sisk Veterinary Hospital
This year we have had (3) of our dogs to Dr. Singh. One adoptee couldn't hear and now can due to surgery on both ears, one had allergies, and the other our beloved Border Collie "Lady" had to be put to sleep this past Friday do due cancer. We have the utmost respect for the doctor and his staff. We believe their main concern it to give quality care to ours pets with extra special care and understanding in difficult situations..
By: lisacurran
Village Oak Veterinary Hospital
When Dr. Kline retired I was very worried who could take his place. Dr. Fitzpatrick has cared for my pets for the last 10 years and I couldnt be happier. I have never had a visit to Village Oak that I did not receive an estimate of the recommended services that I could either accept or decline. I am happy, my pets are healthy and I hope Dr. Fitz doesn't retire for a long time!
By: miranda.scott.754
Sisk Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Singh and his staff are beyond great they helped my dog with his ears and helped my babygirl when she got bit by another dog. He is more concerned about helping the dogs the money and make it affordable for people he can't pay all the bill he is great and we will not take our dog to any other veterinary he is are family vet
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By: Michael A.
Village Oak Veterinary Hospital
I have taken my animals to Dr Fitzpatrick for years. He has always made sure to fully inform me in what he suppect is ailing my animals and how we can help them. I will admit that they are more pricy than some other vets in the area, however, this is my family members life and I will settle for nothing less than the best.
By: Teresa M.
Veterinary Medical Associates
We have been bringing all of our pets to VMAFor 7/8 years now and they are excellent! They completely LOVE the animals and treat you like family. I cant say enough good things about this place. They are extremely thorough. Dr. Kahler is extraordinary. All personnel are wonderful !
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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