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"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 --
or http://dayonedogtraining.com).




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Sep. 7th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
We are very lucky in two respects. One, that our all night emergency vet is barely a mile from here. Better, that despite having had eight aminals here over 18 years from pups/kittens to seniors, we've never needed their services

We know many who have, and from them we know one important aspect of their business: like human hospitals, they will not see your pet until they know who you are and how you're paying. Unlike human EDs, they have no obligation to treat the unable to pay. It seems cold when they greet you this way, but remember: they are not your vet. If you're lucky, you'll never see them again. And you're far more likely to complain if something goes wrong, while not building a relationship with them if things go well. So be prepared, both financially and emotionally, to deal with that.
Sep. 7th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
ER vets
I hope your pet-health luck continues and you don't ever need the ER vet! Can't argue with your other comments. ER care is more expensive, but it's good to know it's there if needed. Having said all that, when we recently had Mickey put to sleep at the ER vet rather than our own vet, they were as nice and thoughtful as can be.
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