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By: kaylalmt
Kinard Animal Hospital
I will never take my pets anywhere else ever again. Kinard Creekside Animal Hospital is the absolute best! My almost 10yr old male tom cat had begun to act lethargic, very weak, and couldn't eat or drink. I suspected he had gotten dehydrated?? As soon as possible I took him to Kinard for an exam and to possibly get some tests run to figure out just exactly what was wrong with him. About an hour later is when I got the bad news phone call that my baby had turned diabetic and was now in a diabetic coma. I couldn't stop crying on the ride back to the animal hospital. When I got there Dr. Kinard told me a personal story about how the same thing happened to one of his cats a long time ago. We discussed options and I decided it best to let him go because I couldn't stand to see him suffering any longer. Dr. Kinard and the ENTIRE staff were so compassionate about what I was going through, they went out of their way to make sure I was ok and for all that they all did I am ETERNALLY grateful!! I hate that my baby boy had to go through all of this, but I know that the caring staff made him as comfortable as possible in his last hours. I am definitely a lifelong client of Dr. Kinard!
By: Steve L.
Weaver, David T DVM
Last week, a co-worker found a small kitten under one of the vehicles in the parking lot that was actually screaming and obviously in a lot of pain. I was called from my office and I went outside with a box to see what was wrong. He had evidently gotten into a fan belt (since the prior evening was cool) and his front paw was mangled (I assumed it would need to be amputated). I took him to Brogli Lane because they are closest to my work. The entire staff was so great in every aspect of this kitten's care. Although I ended up putting him down because not only was his front leg mangled, but his back leg was broken at the hip and he had a head injury. Brogli Lane is not my vet because I use one closer to my home, but I plan to move all of my animal's care to them because they are so caring, not only of the animals, but the owners too. You guys were the greatest and I felt like you treated this little kitten as your very own and you treated me like a long time customer of your facility. I cannot thank you enough for the care that you showed to this poor kitten and myself.
By: Shannon H.
Stones River Veterinary Hospital
This is the BEST vet I've ever taken my pets to. I have a cat who was close to death, it was surprising he was still alive, to be honest. We had taken him to several vets and no one could figure out what was wrong with him. As a last resort, we decided to try yet another new vet. This place figured out the problem with him and within a week he was a whole different cat. He had been weak, dizzy, blind, gone from 14 pounds to 6, dull coat, etc. They ran some different tests on him, found the problem, and within a week he had gained back over 4 pounds, regained his eyesight (which I didn't think was possible), coat is so shiny, he's so energetic, all the bad stuff was gone. (He had to continue to go in weekly for a few weeks for b12 injections and was on antibiotics for a few weeks but after one week it was a total transformation). It's been over a year now and he is doing amazing. I take him and my dog there to board them, they really seem to love Cat and Phantom (my cat and dog). A++.
By: Kristen J.
Stones River Veterinary Hospital
When you first walk in the door you feel like you are walking into a fancy spa.You are greeted by receptionists who care. The nurses there are friendly and VERY informative. They made sure I was comfortable the entire time as well as my pampered pup. I first took my baby in because she had some type of allergies and I had gone to the same vet for a year for allergies and never saw any progress. The doctor there had my dogs skin back to normal and not scratching with in ONE WEEK!!! She was so kind and gentle with my baby during the entire exam. I decided to start boarding with them and it was my first time doing boarding but the girl offered to tour me around the clinic. To be honest I thought the luxery was just a show for up front but it's the entire building! She answered every question I could possibly have about boarding before I even asked! Then my baby came back happy, smeling good and they told me all about what fun she had that week!
By: melissa.ell1
Dr. Kathryn, McPherson VMD
Dr. McPherson & her staff are amazing. She has been our vet for over 10 years and I can't express the gratitude I have for them. I know that her first priority is her patient, our pets. She cares for them and it is her mission to make sure that they are safe and comfortable. She performed surgery on my doxie who had bladder stones. She worked with me on the payments and made our little guy feel so much better. Kathryn has always been available to anser questions no matter how crazy I seem to be. Her staff is caring and supportive. My dogs have always felt comfortable there, which puts my mind at ease. She treats me with respect and therefore I trust what she says. I would without a doubt recommend her to anyone.
By: Jeannie P.
Weaver, David T DVM
Dr. Lane and the entire staff are the best in the business...AWESOME! We recently got our first pet...a labradoodle puppy. This is a totally new experience for us and they have been so kind and helpful. Very professional and genuine in the concern and care for all of their patients and owners. We trust Dr. Lane and all of the staff completely...they are like family. We feel very fortunate to have them as our Veterinarian Team and we are thankful for the excellent care they provide.
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By: Lori S.
Savannah's Crossing Veterinary Hospital
We absolutely love Savannah's Crossing. We found them by recommendation from Shave next door and we will never take our dogs anywhere else. We took our sweet Poppy to them when we realized she was getting sick. They exhasuted every measure to help her with her cancer. They went above and beyond for her and us. The staff is wonderful and Dr. Maddux is a gem.
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By: Vickie S.
Savannah's Crossing Veterinary Hospital
I absolutely LOVE Dr. Maddox and the rest of his team. They care so much about my "girls" and go whatever lengths it takes for their well-being and quality of life. My girls are beginning to like seeing Dr. Maddox, which has NEVER happened. PLEASE BRING YOUR "FUR BABIES" to this practice -- I can't begin to tell you how happy you will be!!!!!!
By: Heather B.
Weaver, David T DVM
The vets here are the best and kindest in the world. When the time comes for our sweet little ones to cross Rainbow Bridge, the entire staff is right there giving you all the support and kindness you could ask for. They are gentle and respectful to your pet and to their memory. Thank you to everyone there. Our family & fur-babies love you always!
By: marcia.kirbypendle
Weaver, David T DVM
All the doctors are terrific especially Dr. Weaver. We wouldn't go any place else. They have been there for us throughout all our illnesses with our dogs. Even when 2 of our dogs got to ill to save, they supported us and them until the end. Thank you so much for being the Vets that you are. Raine and Louise love u guys!
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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