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06/19/2014
By: Nicole R.
Cypress Veterinary Hospital
I didn't see any of what the other two reviewee's sides. I loved this clinic upon first visit. I don't normally write reviews, but after a VERY reasonably cost visit for my small animal, I took my kitten in for his shots. Didn't get over charged, in fact, this clinic has the lowest rates of Lake Charles and Sulphur I have seen from doing my homework. The family (wife and two young kids) were helping over the summer and made me feel the southern hospitality of Louisiana, though I am normally quiet myself. I loved this location so much I shared it publicly on facebook with my friends, and a few other reviews. The care is five star. A lady whom works at the Emergency Vet Clinic in Lake Charles works part time at Cypress Vet too. She worked a miracle on our 3 week old, orphan kitten. So much so, we were told they wrote her a letter of commendation! I would bring my business to Cypress Vet over and over again!
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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