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By: Kathleen P.
McHugh, Frank F
We have been using Coastal Vet. Since we moved to South Jersey abour 8 yrs ago. The Dr n his staff are the most no frills, no extra tests no lets see what this test shows you could ever find. Down to earth conservative people I have ever met. They are there for your loved one and for you. Such kind compassionate people you could ever find. Just had my recent rescue spayed there tuesday and so your pup, cat, etc. doesn't come out of anathesia frightened, Auntie Lee as we affectionally call her holds them wrapped in a blanket in a rocking chair with all the love an affection you would give them. They are all the best I ever came across. Even continued their practice in another location during hurricane Sandy as their family home and business was being destroyed in Seaside. All I can say is GOD bless these special people.
By: Irwin B.
Todd Werkmeister DVM
Caring vet and staff. Very pleased with the Dr. and vet tech's. Good conversations and recommendations. Not a vet that looks to cut for everything, only when absolutely necessary. Very pleased with Dr. Werkmeister, kind with dogs and people.
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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