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By: James R.
Girard Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Wilkerson was great: smart and empathetic - and this even though he delivered some terrible news to my family. We unfortunately had to put down our beloved golden retriever due to pancreatic cancer that had spread throughout his body. I would never wish this experience on even my worst enemy, but if you ever have to go through it- I hope you get a Vet as compassionate as understanding as Dr. Wilkerson and the staff at Girard Vet. (not to mention the prices were SO much less compared to the suburbs where we used to go - and he saved us costly surgery that wouldn't have helped as he did chest x-rays before sending us to the specialist). The whole staff was friendly, helpful and really made the whole trip as "good" as it could possibly have been. Thank you everyone at Girard - We will ABSOLUTELY keep bringing our other dogs here - and will always think of Coop every time we go, knowing it was the last place we were able to be with him and give him the dignified and painless send off that he deserved.
Tips & Advices
Bring medical records and medications that your pet is taking. Also, you should bring your ID and a form of payment.
Yes, there are veterinary clinics that only deal with emergency cases. They generally take walk-ins and referrals from family vets.
Yes, emergency vets treat dental emergencies and dental trauma. Freshly fractured teeth are the main category of dental injury that vets consider an emergency.
To prevent health emergencies, experts recommend supervising one’s pets, and trying to make sure they don’t get into emergency situations. A majority of emergency vet visits happen because animals were struck by cars, bit by other animals, or ingested toxins. Otherwise, the best way to prevent emergencies is by having a go-to vet you can call with any questions, and being vigilant about potential symptoms (i.e. runny stool, or trouble walking) as they appear but before they become extremely serious.
Experts say that the conditions that necessitate an emergency veterinarian visit include collapse, seizures, inability to walk, partial paralysis, and any difficulty breathing (non-stop panting, constant coughing, hyperventilation, or elevated heart rate). Gum color is often an indicator that something is wrong--especially blue gums or very pale gums. Excessive vomiting or a distended abdomen should be considered an emergency situation. Signs of any trauma or excessive bleeding should send your pet straight to the vet. Lastly, for cat owners, urinary obstruction is fatal if not treated, and generally occurs in male cats.

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