You cannot turn on the television or radio without hearing a story about a beloved pet’s tragic accident or sickness. The result is an emergency trip to the nearest animal hospital-often costing hundreds of dollars and causing stress and worry for the family. We all want the best for our pets and want them to be treated with dignity and care. Unfortunately, this is often impossible. Pets in our homes are often looked after by a family member, but there are times when a call to the animal hospital is necessary. When this happens, where do you go?
There are many organizations in New York that provide veterinary care for pets in need. If you are in the New York area, look for a local listing at the website for the American Animal Hospital Association. The AAKA has information on new York hospitals that accept pets, as well as veterinarians who provide services to pets. In addition, there are listings of veterinary doctors near you, as well as Pet Emergency Urns, Pet Cemeteries and Pet Memorials. If a loved one has lost a pet, contact the Pet Emergency Urns to help pay for the cremation and burial costs.
If you do not have a pet, you can contact your local vet to see if they have any hospitals in your area that accept pets. You will want to make sure that the facility is fully equipped to handle any emergency situation, especially if your pet will be an indoor/pet facility. Look for a facility that has certified veterinary technicians on staff, as well as: fully staffed exam rooms, highly qualified staff, experienced diagnostic staff, a clean and fresh environment, a comfortable waiting area and a loving staff. In veterinary medicine, it is our responsibility to ensure that our patients receive all of the best care possible. In addition, we strongly encourage pet owners to consider going to a veterinary hospital for treatment of their pets, as opposed to a pet home.
Once you find a good NYC veterinary hospital, it is your responsibility to make an appointment and see the doctor on the same day. If you are out of town for the weekend, make an appointment for the same day that you arrive. Once you are admitted, you will have a variety of doctors, surgeons, veterinary specialists and other staff members to discuss your dog’s health and treatment options. At your appointment, you will meet with the doctor, the team of doctors and the other veterinary technicians. You will be assigned a case manager, or you may also be treated as such, depending upon the hospital. This will allow your family and you to concentrate on your pet’s health during the entire treatment period.
After your initial visit, the surgeon will likely send you to an anesthesiologist or critical care unit for anesthesia. While this is normally not a lengthy stay, some vets choose to keep patients on bed rest for the duration of the stay. The anesthesiologist and the other veterinary medical staff members will work with you to evaluate your dog’s health. They will determine the course of treatment and whether or not surgery is indicated. This is the point where many pet owners become concerned about their pet’s safety in the hands of someone they do not know very well.
While you are at the pet hospital, make sure you call your vet regularly to update your dog’s records. Many of the same veterinarians who evaluate your dog when you make the initial appointment also evaluate him or her at the hospital. In addition, if there is a need for additional treatment, you can expect to be charged extra for the same. It is important to call your vet’s office to confirm appointments and follow up on any additional information that is given to you.