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By: Zelva S.
East Kentucky Animal Clinic
I, over the years, have taken many of my dogs to the services of Joey Collins and staff. I have HAD to have a couple of my dogs euthanized, and the compassion of these caring people touched my heart like no other. When you see tears in their eyes and have sympathy cards sent, these aren't actions of non-caring individuals.I'm sure that mistakes can be made and death can happen but it isn't always what's seen that causes the death.My male Basset Hound had to be euthanized because at nine years old, he had congestive heart failure and we thought it was a stomach virus ... Unfortunately he had an enlarged heart all of his life and we didn't know it. The X-rays showed everything. I don't always ask for X-rays when my dogs get sick, but it is something from now on I will do. It only makes sense, if I have X-rays for my own physical,why not for them. They can't tell us when they feel bad and it will help me to know more about my fur babies BEFORE something happens that I might think is nothing really to worry about. I highly recommend their services ... Very caring of their patients!
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By: Janie jamie P.
East Kentucky Animal Clinic
Years ago my Shih Tzu puppy had parvo. We rushed him to see these vets. They kept him there for two nights and saved his life. A few years after that my little dog Nacho (he is my baby) had a big tumor under his right leg. We took him to see Joey. They kept him over night removed the tumor and only charged me one hundred dollars. My sister-inlaw lives in South Carolina. She wanted to get her Dobermans ears done. After we told her how great they are at East Kentucky Animal Clinic, she brought her dog to them and was so pleased. She said if they lived close they wouldn't go anywhere else. My Nacho has what I think is a tumor on one of his toes. I am taking him to see Joey in the morning. I am certain he will be in the best hands. If I wasn't I would not take him there. He is almost thirteen years old now. And like I said he is my baby. My smallest and best friend <3
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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