No one expects to leave town and receive a call from the Emergency Vet’s office. Yet, it does happen – rarely – for our clients. That’s why we ask you to complete our Medical Release form and let us know your preferred Vet in town. We take our job seriously, and we want to ensure that any health issue your dog or cat may be experiencing is handled with love and care, as if you were home.
We’ve only had three emergency vet visits in almost six years in business, and all three of them have been with dogs. In that time, we’ve literally taken care of hundreds of your furry family members.
I bet you’d like to know what happened?
The first situation occurred when Michaela returned to a client’s house to find a plastic bottle of Rimadyl chewed up on the floor. The owner had not forewarned us that her dogs were “counter surfers” and she preferred that the dogs not be closed into a room or a crate in the house. It was impossible to know which dog ate the pills, and upon speaking with the owners (who were out of town), they didn’t remember how many pills were in the bottle. Therefore, it was decided to take both dogs to the emergency vet. The vet determined that the dogs needed to have their stomachs pumped, and remain at the vets until the next day. Thankfully, both dogs survived the procedure just fine, and nothing was left on the counter tops for the remainder of the time we stayed at their home!
The next situation occurred when a pet sitter contacted Michaela to say that the dog was looking ill. Michaela went over to the client’s house late in the evening and was shocked that the dog appeared to be swollen to almost twice her size! She tried getting in touch with the pet parents to no avail, and decided to immediately take the dog to the emergency vet. The vet determined that the dog must have swallowed a bee after being stung multiple times. It took multiple doses of antihistamines to calm down the reaction, and the dog was pretty sick for a few days, but bounced back well.
The last situation occurred just last week. Michaela was taking care of a puppy who began vomiting, and having diarrhea consistently for an hour. She wouldn’t stop throwing up and appeared she was thirsty but didn’t want to drink. Michaela spoke with the pet parents and it was decided to take the puppy to the emergency vet. The vet gave anti-nausea medicine to calm her stomach down. They also hydrated her intravenously, so she looked like a football player, as her fur was pumped up with the layer of saline. The vet asked that the puppy not eat or drink anything till the morning so that she could hopefully start feeling better. The vet prescribed a diet of chicken and rice to calm down the stomach. The next day the puppy went into heat! Thankfully the puppy has an excellent vet that also helped us as she hadn’t pooped for more than 48 hours. She finally did poop, and we learned that with her in heat it can certainly affect her bowel movements. Dogs are literal adventures at times!
We love taking care of your furry family members. And we are always prepared in case an emergency occurs. Thankfully, it doesn’t happen very often!