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By: Alicia H.
Appleby Sand Road Animal Clinic
I got a four month old puppy from a lady who was not taking good care of her at all. I took her to Dr. Lott who was an absolute joy to deal with. He loved on my puppy so much and made her feel comfortable while he gave her the shots. I also left with free dog food and a lamb-chop toy for her! (Which has lead to her obsession with lamb-chop toys, she'll only play with them!) With that, he was also extremely affordable. To top it off, recently my came in contact with fleas and despite preemptive measures to keep them off her, she still got them. I called them and they told me to come in and they would have Capstar ready for me, it was cheaper than any methods from the pet store and worked immediately. They also suggested that I bring my dog in for check up in about a week or so to make sure she's 100% flea-free and didn't catch anything from it! I am so, so happy with Dr. Lott and his staff.
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By: Megan R.
Appleby Sand Road Animal Clinic
We had just moved to the area recently and were in need top notch care for our often mischievous and misleading sweetheart-faced Aussie-mix named Samson. I couldn't have come across a more wonderful and perfect veterinary clinic. We have been to many different vets since adopting our wild child but I have never felt more at home than I have at Appleby Sand Road Clinic. Everyone was so kind and made both Samson and I feel immediately welcomed. Samson seemed to warm up quickly to everyone and was soon comfortably sleeping on the floor of the room like he was right at home. We were taken such great care of and given such great information on Samson's care, I am so glad to have found this clinic and I know Samson will be excited to see everyone on his next visit!
By: Jackie E.
Appleby Sand Road Animal Clinic
I have been taking my dog, and other dogs I have come across, to Appleby Sand Rd. Animal Clinic since I was 18 and got my first puppy in 2008. Dr. Lott and every one of his staff members have been extremely helpful, respectful, and friendly. Dr. Lott takes the time to meet and discuss everything with me every time I bring my dogs in. They have been very flexible with me and accepted every dog I've brought them. I've even brought in parvo puppies who made it because of their efforts. They've let me bring my dogs in on very short notice. They send reminders in the mail for updating shots, etc. I've never been disappointed in their service. They have taken very good care of my pets over the past 7 years and I really appreciate everything they do.
By: Paula J.
Appleby Sand Road Animal Clinic
Dr. Lott and his staff go over and above to take care of my Maggie (bichon). Dr. Lott is a gentle soul and takes time with me until I understand whatever is needed for Maggie. He has helped 2 of my dogs cross over the Rainbow Bridge in the past 5 years. I highly recommend. Paula J.
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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