Not enough veterinarian help |

Not enough veterinarian help

I couldn’t get help

There was a tragic accident and our beautiful cat that my family loved with all of our hearts died during his long stressful trip on the morning of Friday, July 25, on his way to Loomis Veterinary Hospital.

I find it unimaginable that we were unable to get emergency care at a local vet, a vet that may have been able to save his life. None were available at 5 a.m.

There is no emergency pet care in our area on weekends or veterinary off hours. And our pet, as he cried in pain, paid the ultimate price.

I have the highest respect for veterinary doctors. However, it is inconceivable that cost, sleep or whatever other reason should be placed in front of the care of our loved companions during a life or death situation.

It used to be that you could call your vet during off hours and speak with an on-call doctor who would meet you at their local office. Now, you are told to drive an hour.

I’m not saying that seeing a local vet could have saved his life, but it is probable, as he expired just prior to arriving in Loomis.

I beg local veterinary doctors to rethink their off hours policy and make changes before someone else is forced to experience such suffering.

Patricia Unger

Nevada City

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