Best 30 Animal Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY with Reviews -

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By: Jannette S.
Compassion Veterinary Health - Alan E Schwartz DVM
We moved to Poughkeepsie with our four cats in the summer of 2011. We bounced around a couple vets trying to find one we liked and finally landed with Dr. Schwartz at Compassion Veterinary Health Center. Previous places we visited were eager to prescribe meds/special food/etc. without doing the work to determine if this was really necessary. Dr. Schwartz takes his time to get to know the whole family (pets and parents) and listens closely before really diving in to resolve any issues. You always feel heard, welcome, and empowered whenever you visit -- and most of all, at ease and comfortable. Dr. Schwartz is so loving towards all animals and really wants to find a treatment that works for all involved. He diagnosed our oldest cat with diabetes almost a year ago and has worked closely with us to get his numbers in the right place and we are so thrilled to have our guy back to his usual antics of early wake-up calls and energy -- not too mention he's resumed his "King of the Cat Castle" status again (which was called under question by the other cats when he was struggling with diabetes). We couldn't be more thrilled to call this our "home" for veterinary care. Thanks for all of the hard work you do!
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By: Louise V.
Arlington Animal Hospital
We recently had to let our beloved Airdale go, Dr Q was so honest, kind and compassionate all the things we needed. Arlington Animal Hospital is a full service class act. Very knowledgeable group of Vets we have since brought our other two senior fur babies into there care ��������❤️
By: Debbie M.
Compassion Veterinary Health - Alan E Schwartz DVM
A truly compassionate veterinary center! Appropriately named ! Dr. Schwartz is amazing, patient and educating. He really loves animals and i enjoyed his company! Thank you Dr. Schwartz and Staff you have new patients and friends for life! Deborah Mangione and "Henry" ori-pei
By: Margaret A.
Arlington Animal Hospital
The best Animal Hospital I've EVER encountered. I can't say enough about how much I treasure the Arlington Animal Hospital for my pets and me. They are THE BEST. Literally.
By: madsarah
Arlington Animal Hospital
Great service! Had a lot of trouble with my dogs ears. Dr. Redden found the best treatment that worked for her. Very nice staff.
By: Terry J.
Arlington Animal Hospital
April did a wonderful job grooming our aged dog Trooper. He looks so handsome!!!
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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