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09/18/2013
By: julie.s
Willow Creek Animal Hospital
This hospital was recommended to me by 2 friends and one stranger while walking my dog in my new neighborhood. On the day of our appointment I took my 2 year old Aussie and 4 year old daughter hoping they both would behave during the appointment. My dog was greeted by name at the door. While waiting to be seen my daughter enjoyed the foam sticker craft in their children's play area. The nurse took us into a room and asked us about the history of my dog. When my daughter started complaining that she wanted to go the nurse offered a juice box and animal crackers. I appreciated their concern for my daughter's happiness as well as my dog. The doctor came in and introduced herself to me and my daughter then sat on the floor while Cooper crawled into her lap. When it was time for the exam she asked my daughter if she would help her do the examination. They got the doctor's kit from their children's play area. Both my daughter and Cooper thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Schaller and the staff at Willow Creek Animal Hospital and highly recommend them.
07/12/2013
By: s.m.z25
Willow Creek Animal Hospital
Vey caring staff! Both of my dogs love taking trips to Willow Creek-whether it's for an actual check up or just to say hi when I come in to get their food or flea/heart worm treatments. All of their staff is very professional, polite, and caring. Dr. Shaller is amazing with them! She always gets down to their level and lets them get used to her before even starting the exams like she's really getting to know them. When my female dog had to have an immediate exam (which turned into immediate surgery), Dr. Shaller was very gentle with her and made sure my dog was comfortable. The dr. and the techs have always been great about explaining anything that I don't understand, always listen to what I have to say, and always answer any questions that I've had. Prices have always been given to us upfront and we sign off on the quote before any surgeries are performed. The prices have always been very reasonable! But let's face it, these are the lives of family members! You get what you pay for and we have always had excellent care at Willow Creek!
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02/04/2016
By: Sandy B.
Maple Springs Veterinary Clinic
Dr Davis remembers both my pets name when ever I see him or her out and about. My dog loves both Dr. Davies. I am absolutely satisfied with the way they treat my pets. Any pet I ever have will go to Maple Valley Vetinary.
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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