Monday, January 5, 2009
Night at the E.R.
What happens when your veterinarian's office is closed and your pet is injured or becomes ill?
If you're like me, you keep handy the phone number of the closest Animal Emergency Clinic. This facility operates exactly like an emergency room for humans, but is only open on weekends, holidays, and evening hours--in other words, whenever your regular vet's office is closed.
Indy and I made another visit to the emergency clinic over the holidays for a problem that stems from his various auto-immune issues, and I realized that we see them far too much when they recognized us on sight!
Things were fortunately slow that evening (patients are seen in order of priority), so we were in and out quickly after an exam, tests, and the proper medication.
Indy's feeling much better now, thank you, but the experience reminded me of the wonderful service provided by emergency clinics. Be sure you have a plan for a potential pet emergency. Knowing a number and location will save you a lot of grief if the need arises, because frankly, who keeps a logical cool head in a crisis?
And as for us, I hope we don't have another visit anytime soon.
We prefer being healthy at home.