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By: C. R.
Claremont Veterinary Hospital
There are many reasons my husband and I are pleased with Claremont Veterinary Hospital, and we recommend it highly. We followed our Dr. here from the far west suburbs because of her amazing diagnostic, medication, and surgery skills. And, we were quite happy to find the entire experience at CVH to be excellent.We very affectionately call our vet, Dr. Tamara Borland, "Dr. House" because of her amazing diagnostic skills, and she has saved our pets over the years from very unusual, subtle, and life-threatening health issues. She couples her insightful big-picture medical ability with a deep knowledge of disease processes, and catches even elusive problems before they become entrenched and pronounced. Her explanations and coaching really help to guide our choices toward best-result options at the most reasonable cost and highest quality of life. She's equally skilled at providing needed surgery and medication support. Our dogs adore her, and we rest easy knowing that she is watching out for them.It was simple to find the hospital from our highway exit on College Avenue and we had no trouble with parking at our mid-morning weekday appointment (three off-street spots and the entire area lined with reasonably priced meters for cash or credit card). The reception desk maintains a calm, efficient pace and the waiting area is deep and roomy, with a brick-faced wall on one side to add warmth. Everywhere there is very pleasant and functional decor that we found to be quietly elegant. All of the floors are a beautiful marble-chip mosaic, and the entire building is clean and smells fresh and inviting. The staff were very, very sweet with our dogs, without over-hyping them up (no crazy ticker-tape parade, thank goodness - just lots of soothing, bright and happy tones). Though our pups can normally be very shy they were relaxed here and quickly started wagging their tails as they met everyone. One pup is a pedigreed purebred that needs monitoring for the usual genetic maladies, the other is a rescued mix breed with significant developmental issues. Dr. Borland easily handles both ends of their health spectrum. And, in fact, her new office is so nice and serene that our dogs, normally skittish about new places/people/animals that they must wait in the car until an exam room is open (and the hospital was glad to oblige) were fine. We were surprised to find our dogs unusually easy to handle for the short time we were in the waiting area, and both were quite happy to explore around in their exam room.I am so very glad we took the time to come and see for ourselves what a terrific new place our dogs have for such great veterinary care.
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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