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Emergency veterinary care

When I was in Vietnam we all knew the statistic – if you got to the MASH alive, the odds were over 90 percent that you would stay alive.

I don’t know the statistic for family pets, but I do know that having to drive our family pet to Auburn after a car hit him took long enough for him to die. Could he have been saved?

He was alive almost all the way to Auburn. There is a good chance he would have survived if we could have taken him to any vet in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley or Lake Wildwood.

The Yellow Pages tell me we have 28 vets (excluding large animal specialists) here in Nevada County who have all decided to send our pets to Auburn rather then be bothered to provide emergency care here.

Yes, they would each have to give up approximately two weekends a year to cover our emergency needs. I gave uncounted weekends and “special days” with my family to defend our country, I understood that obligation when I joined the service.

Are two weekends a year too much to ask of our community vets who, as I see it, have an obligation to care for our family pets during emergencies? Maybe we should just start taking all our family pets to Auburn to start with, at least it won’t be a stranger who tells us it’s too late.

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