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By: cabeem
Veterinary Service Dr. Thomas R Ross
Exceptional Value and ServiceDr. Ross has been taking care of my pets for many years. Dr. Ross is a great Vet; he is straightforward and truly cares about animals. His prices are are fair and reasonable. I've had to take my dogs to a few other Vets when he's been out of town; however, it only increases my appreciation for Dr. Ross and his staff. Dr Ross is definitely the most reasonably priced Vet in Tracy. He doesn't try to sell you unneeded tests or overpriced medications. The other Vets in town lure you in by quoting/advertising a lower fee; however, the cost is much higher when you leave. Dr. Ross is thorough and efficient.; he treats my animals immediately, without any unnecessary tests, and he administers the medicine that will immediately help the pain, stress, or infection. Additionally, Dr. Ross showed me how to care for ongoing problems at home first. Over the years, Dr. Ross saved me money and unnecessary surgery. This results in lower costs and healthier animals. I've seen a few bad reviews,and heard that some people don't appreciate his bedside manner, but with the number of times I've been to his office (or house calls because of the large animals) I can't imagine they are talking about the same person. Over the years he has treated several dogs, cats, horses, sheep, goats, and even chickens. I find him to be very nice, honest and to the point; he is someone who cares for your pets and he will not try and sell you unneeded tests, treatments, or overpriced medications. Those bad reviewers were probably not educated in animal husbandry.You can trust Dr. Ross and his staff (209-836-0796). He has treated my animals for years and hopefully will continue to be their vet for many years to come. If anyone in the area is looking for a good, honest, and truly caring Vet, go see Dr. Ross.
By: kittieprincess
VCA Old River Animal Hospital
Sebastian had been very ill & I had to take him to emergency. I called Dr. Ned Jackson, DVM during his office hours & he gave me advise that emergency had not told me which saved my sweet boy's life. We have had Dr. Jackson as our Vet since 2002. We totally trust him! He is trurhful & compassionate & our kitties are very comfortable with him. The Office Staff has always been helpful & kind.
By: Susan B.
VCA Old River Animal Hospital
One of the best vet hospitals I've taken my pets to! Dr. Jackson is so awesome and all the staff is some of the most caring I've ever come across! there are many vets closer but This one is worth driving to....very clean, caring, professional, and will work with you and what you can afford! I love this vet hospital and all the staff that help there...thank you Dr. Jackson :-)
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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