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By: Suzanne H.
Harris Animal Hospital
It is difficult to find the words to fully describe how incredibly thankful I am to Harris Animal Hospital and Dr. Lucinda Hodges for saving the life of my dear Peke Stella. Stella was rescued from a deplorable puppy mill in N.C., where she and about 50 other dogs had spent their entire lives in tiny crates stacked upon each other. They sat in their own urine, feces, rotting food and dirty water. Stella and her puppy were taken to a shelter, where the puppy was adopted but Stella stood to be gassed. Meanwhile, her malnourishment had led to such severe dental disease that her jaw was fractured in two places, and she was living with terrible pain. Dr. Hodges performed an extensive jaw restoration, caring for Stella personally for months as she recovered with her wired jaw. Stella had never seen flowers before and was terriifed of everything -- even walking on grass -- when Dr. Hodges took her in. That was in the spring of 2013. Four years later, Stella is full of life! She LOVES to eat and play; her tail is constantly wagging, and she adores her "brother," Sam, a Shih Tzu rescue. She also can be found napping curled up with her two feline brothers. She rules the household, and every day I silently thank Dr. Hodges and Harris Animal Hospital for giving life to this girl. Thank you!
By: Lois P.
Harris Animal Hospital
I have been going to Harris Animal Hospital for over 20 years. I have had the pleasure of dealing with both Dr. Hodges and Dr. Simon and have trusted many animals to their care. The staff has always been very helpful and friendly and I wouldn't dream of taking my animals anywhere else. If you are looking for a caring Veterinarian in the Roanoke, VA area I highly recommend them.
By: Sarah A.
Harris Animal Hospital
I have been taking my dogs to Dr. Hodges for the past four years, and last week we had our first appointment with Dr. Simon. I am pleased with the care and attention that my dogs have received. It is very easy to get an appointment here, and I also think the prices are reasonable. It takes me 40 minutes to get to Harris Animal Hospital from my house, but it is worth it!
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By: Debra M.
Harris Animal Hospital
Harris Animal Hospital and Dr. Hodges have always taken excellent care of my pets. The doctors and staff care and will ALWAYS go the extra mile for their patients. My dachshund was literally in danger of dying from a burst bladder, and Dr. Hodges saved her life. I want the best for my dogs and cat, and I will not go anywhere else....period.
By: Meredith C.
Pet Vet Roanoke
I have used this vet for years. They always go out of their way. A tech offered to come to my house and help me bring my sick dog in when I was 9 months pregnant because I could not lift him into the car! Our vet is great he takes the time to listen and explain.
By: Pat W.
Southern Hills Animal Hospital
I love the care my dog gets there. I feel very comfortable with the excellent care and the hour of service are great. If I have to gone for the weekend, they have Sunday afternoon hours for pick-up, which is extremely helpful.
By: 4sons4mom
Brambleton Veterinary Hospital
They are wonderful. We have had out 2 dogs groomed and treated here. They give our old boy very special care. The grooming is always top notch as well as the medical care. Would highly recommend.
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By: Ali C.
Connie Canode DVM
Amazing lady and so fantastic in her vet skills-- makes u feel comfortable with having to leave your cat there if necessary, very knowledgable and so sweet and kind.
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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