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By: charleneh4415
Parkway Animal Hospital
Our family cat became sick all of a sudden. He was sick almost a month so we were finally able to take him in to Parkway. The staff there was wonderful and very friendly. He had to go in for 4 visits. The first for antibiotics. He wasn't getting any better so he returned the next week where Dr. Corona saw him. He went through tests and x-rays and came to the conclusion of asthma and an upper respitory infection. He went a 3rd time for a follow-up and did great after a cortisone injection. 2 weeks later he was sick again. The staff worked him immediately and he needed another injection and is now on daily asthma medication. He is doing wonderful. Dr. Corona was very patient and friendly with my big baby(17lb) cat. The staff also sent follow-up emails and phone calls which was wonderful. Thank you to the staff and Dr. Corona.
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By: Tommy W.
Kirsch, John
We came to Dr. Kirsch regarding a second opinion related to a broken elbow of our 4 month Yorkie. Dr. Kirsch was extremely patient and throughout in his physical and x-ray review. It was a tough decision and he could have convinced us to do surgery, fortunately he is truly motivated to do what is right for the pet and the owner. This was such a relief for us after our first experience with a different vet that tried to push us in to surgery. I am happy to say we made the right decision to not do surgery and our little guys is going great! Thanks Dr. Kirsch for being the consummate professional.
By: Lois L.
Parkway Animal Hospital
Dr. Sandu and his team of professionals are wonderful people. They provided my pup love an care while she was sick. Sandy had a bowel obstruction and with great observation, knowledge, and love their medical treatment was successful! Sandy is home and is in recovery. Words cannot express my gratitude for their loving care. If you do not have a veterinarian yet, I HIGHLY recommend Parkway Animal Hospital in Sarasota FL.
By: harperm
Parkway Animal Hospital
The doctors and staff are the best. The doctors take time to talk to you and answer all your questions. I feel my "fur baby" who has a chronic illness is getting great care.
By: geoff289
Sarasota Veterinary Center
I brought my 10 year old dog Ranger in for an ear infection, within a few days, Ranger was no longer shaking his head. Very helpful and friendly staff.
By: Charlene I.
Palmer Ranch Animal Clinic
The very best animal clinic in Florida, perhaps the entire U.S.!!!
By: Shane W.
Forest Lakes Animal Clinic
Great Services by one of the best Vet. Thank You Dr. Small :)
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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