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By: Faris F.
Companion Animal Hospital
Never in my life have I ever come across a Veterinarians so well educated, humble and compassionate as Dr. Cashwell and Dr. Davis. Back in 2010, my family traveled 1500 miles across country to Fort Benning. We rolled into town just as most military families do, without a knowing a soul or having a trusted circle. Companion Animal Hospital came highly recommended through the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and they did not disappoint. They were the only accredited veterinarian within a 50 mile radius of the Columbus-Phenix City area, and it gave us a ton of reassurance that they would be a good choice.To further back up our decision, we moved here with our four legged feline son who had a preexisting condition (read: when it rains it pours). When I mustered up the courage to call, the voice on the other end (Tracey) was such a humble and caring breath of fresh air. She listened to my babbling through tears and gave unconditional support. She had Dr. Cashwell call me personally, who took the time to speak with me over the phone for almost 45 minutes before even meeting us, or even becoming a client. It is that level of dedication to animal care that adds immeasurable value to the service Companion Animal Hospital provides. She and her staff made a very crazy time so much more bearable for us, and for that we will always be most very grateful. It is because of Companion Animal Hospital that we were able to give our baby a second chance and a few more years to enjoy together.They all went above & beyond from our first encounter and they have continued to exceed our expectations each and every time since then. For five years we have been loyal clients, referring countless friends and family to them. When it was time for our cat to cross over that Rainbow Bridge last year, they were with us every step of the way. Dr Cashwell even offered to come to our home if needed on a weekend to help him pass painlessly. Although he did not make it through the weekend, that is just a small example of the level of humanity they possess - which is so rare to find in this day. They are exceptional human beings to who operate with the highest ethical standards, transparency, and honesty! Three keys we value in service providers for all of our family. If you love your pet, this is where they need to be cared for!
By: Companion animal H.
Companion Animal Hospital
Tom_minus_his_buddy:We are sorry to hear that you feel that our practice treated your dog inappropriately. When you arrived and told us of his symptoms, we conducted a complete physical assessment. We ran a Parvo Virus test and intestinal parasite exam which were both positive. A slight positive test is still a positive and the treatment would have been no different than a strong positive. A light positive only describes the color indicator of the test and not the severity of the disease. Bandit had all the classic signs of Parvo virus.Bandit definitely did have Parvo as well as intestinal parasites that he was treated for. Unfortunately many puppies and dogs succumb to this devastating viral infection in spite of all the appropriate treatment received. Although he had been sick already for several days, some patients succumb when their immune system reaches a breaking point in spite of treatment.Please remember that the virus was shed in your yard and home and do not bring another puppy or unvaccinated adult dog in until properly disinfected. We do not wish you or any other pet to go through this again.
By: tom_minus_his_buddy
Companion Animal Hospital
These people Killed my dog. I took a 2 yr old dog in because he was puking and a bad case of diarrhea and was drooling. They told me he had Parvo and there was nothing they could do but give him an IV. I only found out right before he died when a nurse let it slip that he was only "mildly positive" for Parvo. They ran with it and never checked anything out, my dog died in 3 days. ( Parvo never made sense for a full grown dog, but then they never checked anything after that).After doing my homework I figured out what it was, the dog had eaten poison mushrooms which are everywhere with all the rain we had this summer. Too late for me. If I had known from day one he only tested slightly positive for Parvo I would have had my dog out of that place before they just let him die. You can bet they charged full price to kill my dog, which is just insult on top of injury. Unless we are talking basic's I would not trust these people, 2 vets looked at my dog and they did nothing to verify the problem.
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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