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By: Jennifer J.
Oak Country Veterinary Services
I have a bull dog whom seems to get sick a lot due to allergies. Well one morning after I woke up I notes that my dog's face was completely infected! She had green goo running down her face down to nose and I don't even know how that had happened to her due to her not having an infection the night before. So I called Dr. Aaron to see when I can get her in and he was fast to tell me get her here as soon as I can. After I got there he took her right back and started to exam her. After giving her a good look over her, he had informed me that due to her having allergies if she gets any cuts and doesn't leave them alone that they have a greater possibility of getting infective. Once he was able to identify what the problem was, the Dr. gave us medication for my dog and gave us an idea of how she may act and how to take care of her infection. He made it clear to us that if we need more meds to let him know and to bring her back if at any time it gets worse. Thank you Dr. Aaron & staff
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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