FAQ's for Dogs - Foothills Veterinary Hospital

Foothills Veterinary

Dr. Richard Vetter
28512 - 112th St E
Buckley, WA 98321

(360) 829-0500

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Operating hours:

Monday:      9am - 6pm

Tuesday     9am - 8pm

Wednesday 9am - 6pm

Thursday    9am - 8pm

Friday          9am - 6pm

Saturday      9am - 1pm

Sunday        closed


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                     Dr. Richard Vetter, DVM: (360) 829-0500

                          Poison Control: (800) 213-6680

               What is considered an “emergency situation”?
• Any hit by car, even if there is no visual damage, the dog could have internal injuries and should be checked out.

Wounds anywhere

Poisoning:  Be very careful about slug bait, antifreeze, mouse poison, poisonous plants, chocolate, grapes and raisins, antifreeze, lilly (flower) poisoning insecticides. 

Eye wounds

Severe seizures

High temperature.  If your dog is not feeling well, if it is acting differently, take a temperature rectally with a human thermometer  Leave in for two minutes.  Normal temperature range is:  101.5 – 102

Gastric torsion (twisted stomach):  A condition where, particularly in large, deep bodied dogs, the stomach can twist or be displaced, causing a very painful condition that is a definite emergency!   Large breeds are prone to this condition. At first the dog can show signs of just "being off" or act like he has a stomach ache which increases in severity.  Veterinary attention is needed immediately as this will rapidly advance into shock.    

Acute swelling

Difficult labor as a female is trying to deliver babies.  More than 1 hour in heavy (pushing) labor with no puppies can be an emergency. 

Difficulty breathing

Behavior changes

• Severe vomiting and diarrhea, with or without blood.

                         Non Emergency Questions:

Can I drop my dog off early?  Yes, special arrangements can be made for your pet to be dropped off early or picked up late

Can I make financial arrangements?  See
Financial Arrangements.

Is there insurance that I can buy for my dog?  YES.  There are several insurance options out there that are listed on our
Resources page.  If you are considering Pet Insurance, BEFORE you bring your dog into the veterinary clinic (and a diagnosis is made) they need to be signed up on the policy.  Our veterinary clinic makes no proceeds off of any of the insurance programs, but we do encourage pet insurance coverage as it helps make many veterinary expenses affordable.

You are always welcomed and encouraged to come in and meet our staff, let us introduce ourselves to our dog if you bring them and also pick up some pet insurance brochures.  Insurance policies differ in their coverage, so compare diligently.