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By: Curtis M.
Oak Animal Hospital
My wife and I had made the decision that the moment had come to relieve our precious Cinnamon of her pain. We live close to Oak Animal Hospital so we called there and they got us in in good time. We are so thankful that we went there.We were not their customers (although now we wish that we were.) Yet they treated us with tremendous respect and honor. The whole staff was considerate of us and felt our pain with us. The grace by which they helped us in our most trying moment was comforting to us.The doctor reassured us, after a conversation that was sensitive and kind, that we were making the right decision, of which we were questioning. We had plenty of time just to be with Cinnamon before and during the process. It was not just a procedure to them. We weren't hurried or rushed.We were touched and thankful for such a skilled staff that empathized with us and yet were as professional and thorough as you would want.We simply want to say thank you. We were touched by your "touch".
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By: Wanda G.
Animal Care Center
Doctor Behnke and her staff were awesome. Our dog cut her foot open and they got me in and fixed her up. Hope was so well taken care of.
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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