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By: Laura F.
Rodney Hatayama DVM
I went here after a friend highly recommended him. I took my 19 year old cat in because she had a respiratory infection and needed antibiotics. Without even looking at her he basically insinuated that she should be put down if she was that old. Told me a big, long story about how many cats don't live past kittenhood and I should be happy that I had her for so long. He reluctantly told me he'd treat what was treatable and gave me the antibiotics and her a cortisone shot. Three weeks later she is alive and well and doing much better. The only good thing about the experience that it only cost me $52 to get out the door. I think this guy is okay for non life-threatening issues but I wouldn't trust him to do the best thing for my pet if there was a big problem. Plus the place was filthy and smelled hideous and the doctor's scrubs looked like they were soaked in mud, rolled up in a ball, dragged on a rope behind a truck for a few hundred miles and left to dry for a month. Me and my cat both needed a shower after our visit.
By: amythehearsequeen
Rodney Hatayama DVM
I love Dr. Hatayama and his staff. He has just been a blessing to my family and our pets. I don't know what I'll do when he retires. He's honest, knowledgeable and truly cares about the animals. And on top of that, his rates are extremely reasonable. We drive from Fresno just to see him. He's helped us with normal stuff like shots & spay/neuters to urgent at need problems. I'm truly very thankful for Dr. Hatayama and as long as he is open? He's my Vet. Thank you Dr. Hatayama!
By: Allison W.
Rodney Hatayama DVM
I just booked an appointment over the phone and after being hung up on twice, I finally got through to a very snippy vet tech or whoever answers the phone. She was extremely rude and I almost said just forget it, but I love Hatayama, so I guess I'll have to deal with rude people to get the vet I love. It would be a good idea for your staff to take a class in customer service.
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By: Rosalie C.
South County Veterinary Hospital
I have taken my baby girl to this office for several reasons the staff is great and the doctor is excellent! They saved my baby's life the last time I took her she stayed 5 days and I didn't have to pay thousands I will never take her any place else I have had nothing but good experiences there this place is truly a blesssing.
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By: Juan V.
South County Veterinary Hospital
The only vet in the area who would help our puppy on Saturday morning. I called several in Visalia, Hanford, and Tulare but no answer or they would not take walk ins.
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By: Crystal W.
Rodney Hatayama DVM
They have an all new staff. Yay was quicker than it used to be an no rude people. I used to hate going here because of the lady at the front desk.
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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