"Doc, I doesn't feel so good. You fix?"
...So, what would you do if your dog (or other pet) gets sick or injured when your own vet's office is closed?
The past two evenings, I happened to get panicky calls from folks who'd been part of my most recent puppy class. Both had puppies with sudden, alarming medical symptoms: repeated vomiting for one, disorientation and loss of balance for the other. Both asked my advice. I told both the same thing (probably confirming what they already knew): "Get your puppy to the emergency vet!"
The causes of the symptoms they described could have been nothing serious -- or they could have been life-threatening. Fortunately, in these cases, both puppies were OK.
Just like kids, pets have a knack for needing emergency care overnight or on weekends.
Wherever you live, do yourself and your pet a favor, look up your nearest ER vet clinic -- before you need it -- and keep that info handy.
We actually have three emergency vet clinics in and around my territory of Howard County, Maryland. If you live in this vicinity, please put this information where you can find it easily -- it could save your pet’s life!
1- Emergency Animal Hospital, 10270 Baltimore National Pike (Route 40 West), Ellicott City, MD 21042; (410) 750-1177; open weekends, holidays and nights 7PM-7AM - http://ellicottcityemergencyvet.com/
2- Emergency Veterinary Clinic, 32 Mellor Avenue, Catonsville MD 21228; (410) 788-7040; open 24 hours, 7 days - http://www.evccatonsville.com/
3- Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic, 808 Bestgate Road, Suite 111, Annapolis, MD 21401; (410) 224-0331; open 24 hours, 7 days - http://www.aavec.com/
Howard Weinstein started Day-One Dog Training in Howard County, Maryland in 1998. You can reach him through http://dayonedogtraining.com. He's also the author of Puppy Kisses are Good for the Soul & Other Important Lessons You & Your Dog Can Teach Each Other (available in both paperback and e-book at Amazon.com -- http://tinyurl.com/9rah6kg --