An animal hospital is generally more full-service than the smaller veterinary “clinic”, but they are both very capable of treating your animal but not on the same scale as a hospital does.
A vet or vets at a clinic, just like a hospital, do complete examinations, and generally referred to them as “wellness exams”. They tend to concentrate on the preventative veterinary medical care area of veterinary practice. They will make diagnoses, but usually don’t have “in-hospital” laboratory. Generally, a “clinic” limits its veterinary surgical to minor surgical procedures, neutering and spaying.
Animal hospitals require more room to keep sick or injured pets overnight or longer. So an animal or veterinary hospital will have the facilities to care for animals in more extensive ways and provide more extensive treatment options.
The typical modern animal or veterinary hospital will have many of these:
radiology, especially digital radiology today
• in-house laboratory tests
• laser surgery and laser therapy
• oxygen therapy
• general-routine surgeries
• specialty surgeries
• dental services
• intensive care
• boarding facilities
• specialized treatment options (stem cell therapy)
• fully stock pharmacy
• and other modalities
Animal or veterinary hospitals, because they are more diverse, usually have more veterinarians on staff and more veterinary support staff.
If your pet has been experienced some kind of trauma, such as being hit by a car or a blunt object or falling more than a few feet.
• Your pet isn’t breathing or you can’t feel a heartbeat.
• Your pet is unconscious and won’t wake up.
• Your pet has been vomiting or has had diarrhea for more than 24 hours, or she is vomiting blood.
• You suspect any broken bones.
• Your pet is having trouble breathing or has something stuck in her throat.
• Your pet has had or is having a seizure.
• Your pet is bleeding from the eyes, nose, or mouth, or there is blood in her urine or feces.
• You think your pet might have ingested something toxic, such as antifreeze, rat poison, any kind of medication that wasn’t prescribed to her, or household cleansers.
• Your pet, particularly your male cat, is straining to urinate, or is unable to.
• Your pet shows signs of extreme pain, such as whining, shaking, and refusing to socialize.
• Your pet collapses or suddenly can’t stand up.
• Your pet begins bumping into things or suddenly becomes disoriented.
• You can see irritation or injury to your pet’s eyes, or she suddenly seems to become blind.
• Your pet’s abdomen is swollen and hard to the touch, and/or she’s gagging and trying to vomit.
• You see symptoms of heatstroke.
• Your pregnant dog or cat has gone more than three to four hours between delivering puppies or kittens.