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By: clancy1007
Vinson Animal Hospital at Towson
Vinson's is a fantastic Animal Hospital. They are by far the most compassionate and caring vet we've ever been to. I've had dogs my entire life and used to go to another vet until a few years ago. We started taking our lab to Vinsons towards the end of his life and they were so welcoming and understood how hard it was to let him go. When our dog finally passed they sent a card in the mail with a personal note from vet who took care of him. We eventually got another puppy and he was terrified of everyone and everything in the office, even the fish tank. The vet performed his entire exam sitting on the ground with our little guy. Now our dog loves going to vet to see his new friends. And to this day our vet still gets down on the ground and practices tricks with our dog. Everyone in the office just adores their patients.Fantastic place and I will continue to go there as long as I have a dog!!!
By: lainey.cohen
Beltway Animal Hospital
I was stunned to read the review from the lady that had her cat put down. I couldn't imagine this was the vet I know.Because Thank God for them, is all I can say. Before I went to Beltway Animal Hospital, I took my dogs to the fancy over-priced fou-fou vet, who, in fact did everything wrong.Beltway Animal Hospital are amazing. They are the reason my little man is still with me after 16 eventful years. They're kind, knowledgable, and fair. And I'm so grateful to them. Would rave about them to anybody!
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By: Em H.
Beltway Animal Hospital
Been going to Beltway since I was a teen, and my mom had dogs. I once went to another vet and they were expensive. Like Dr. Smiths no nonsense approach to canine health. Still miss Dr Shortall, now gone 4 years. All he had to do was lay a hand on a dog and know instinctively what was wrong. He also rebuilt my dogs ear canal!
By: danesta57
Beltway Animal Hospital
DR.Shortall and the staff at BELTWAY ANIMAL HOSPITAL are the BEST. Been going there a long time DR.really shows care and love not only the animals but, also for the parents of their fur babies. I would tell any one to take their pets to Beltway Animal Hospital... :)
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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