Archive for December, 2015

Boarding Care at Your Animal’s Hospital is Peace of Mind

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015


What could give you more peace of mind than your cat or dog getting to stay at their own animal hospital that operates 24 hours a day?

Since we are a full-service animal hospital, your pet will be in the company of familiar doctors, nurses, vet assistance and kennel techs. As a guest at our St Francis 24 Hour Animal Hospital, you pet will have access to medical attention if needed.

If you are going out-of-town and are unable to bring your companion animal, you are probably nervous about how your beloved pet will feel while separated from home and family. St. Francis 24 Hour Animal Hospital staff will work hard to ensure the safety and well-being of your beloved pet. While nothing feels more secure than the comfort of home and family, we are in the business of loving and caring for all of our animals.

There are a few preparations, for your pet’s stay at St Francis 24 Hour Animal Hospital boarding care that will ease the transition for both you and your pet.

  1. St. Francis 24 Hour Animal Hospital’s website provides a boarding form. This form ensures the very best for your companion animal. Please fill out one form for each animal scheduled for boarding care.
  2. If your dog will be boarding with us a grooming session, during her stay, is a great opportunity to bond with the kennel techs.
  3. Pack a “diaper bag” of food, toys, your pet’s transition object that smells like home, and any medications or supplements. Make sure that you label all of your pet’s belongings with your pet’s name and last name.
  4. If your animal has special medical needs, be assured that the St. Francis 24 Hr Animal Hospital staff will keep organized and detailed records. Animal medical records demand the same care and veracity of human medical forms.

If you have any questions or would like to check boarding availability, feel free to contact us.

4 Tips Before You Go to the Emergency Vet

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015


Our furry, feathered and even our scaly friends aren’t just pets; they’re family. We want them to live happy, healthy lives. So when your dog or cat or hamster isn’t feeling well, especially after hours, it’s hard not to worry. But how do you decide whether you should rush your pet to the nearest emergency vet? Here are some tips to help get your through a potential pet medical emergency.

Know the symptoms of an emergency

Symptoms of a medical emergency can range from excessive bleeding and/or severe pain to respiratory distress, paralysis, or loss of consciousness. If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms outside of your regular veterinarian’s office hours, you know a trip to the vet emergency clinic is in order.

However, sometimes symptoms of an emergency aren’t as obvious. Only you know what’s normal for your pet. For example, slightly labored breathing after exercise might be normal for a brachycephalic (short nosed) breed like a pug or a bulldog but not for an athletic breed like a German shepherd or a greyhound. Pay attention to anything out of the ordinary, even if it seems like a small thing. Has your pet’s temperament changed? Is your normally hyper kitten suddenly lethargic? Are they excessively panting or drooling? Make note of anything that isn’t typical.

When in doubt, call

Before rushing out the door, call your local emergency vet. Let them know what your pet’s symptoms are to see if it is indeed an emergency. If it is, this also gives the vet staff a heads up that you’re coming in.

The emergency vet staff can also guide you through the situation. Many have a poison control line to help guide you through when you pet has ingested something they shouldn’t have. Based off of what they ate and your pet’s age and health, the emergency staff can advise you on whether you should bring your pet in for treatment.

And if your pet is injured or it seems like they’re in pain, proceed with caution. Even the sweetest animal can sometimes lash out in pain. Ask how best to handle your pet to get them to emergency vet as quickly as possible.

Remain calm

This is easier said than done but if you’re anxious and worried, it could also make your pet feel anxious as well. Do your best to stay calm and assess the situation. Keep the 24 hour vet clinic’s phone number posted so you have it if you need it. Write your pet’s symptoms down and take note of the time that they occur so you can give the vet as much information as possible. And even though you want to get your pet medical care as soon as possible, drive safely.

Google with caution

As soon as your pet comes down with an illness, it’s become commonplace to look up their symptoms online. We do this for ourselves! This is helpful when it comes to things locating your nearest emergency vet or pet first aid. However, if your pet is sick, remember that many illnesses have similar symptoms and require veterinary expertise to properly diagnose. The more you search, the more worried you can become.

Our love of animals is why we do what we do. If you have any questions, please contact us. We’re happy to assist you.

Reasons You May Need an Emergency Vet in Vancouver WA

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Emergency Vet care

We never know when accidents might happen. Whether it’s a household hazard, or running out into the street, our pets sometimes have unfortunate mishaps. So, in order to deal with these issues when they occur, it’s very important to have a veterinarian that you can call right away. St. Francis 24 Hour Animal Hospital is the leading Emergency Vet in Vancouver WA. We’re available at anytime, on any day, in case you need us. Since we know accidents happen unexpectedly, we recommend having the number readily handy on speed dial in your phone, just in case.

Other Reasons you might need an Emergency Vet in Vancouver WA:

  • If your pet suffers a fall, or some type of collision, even if it appears that it didn’t suffer any injuries. It’s possible that your animal could have internal injuries, which could be fatal if not treated immediately.
  • If your pet has eaten something that is toxic or poisonous. Try to bring a specimen with you, for easier diagnosis and treatment answers.
  • Repeated vomiting, or difficulty with urinary or bowel discharge. It’s important to contact a veterinarian, as there may be many reasons for vomiting, and some type of blockage may be causing difficulty with your pets’ discharge.
  • If your animal has a distended belly, or bloating, see a vet immediately. This could be caused by some form of a gastric issue, which could be fatal if left untreated.
  • Disorientation or lethargy can also be signs of an issue that requires immediate attention

Any sort of bleeding that can’t be stopped should also be addressed promptly.

Hopefully, we never have to see you for any of these reasons. However, accidents and ailments happen. When they do, be assured that someone will be available at all hours of any day. If you ever need an immediate Emergency Vet in Vancouver WA, contact us right away!