So I got to thinking about it today, what if my mini pig had a pet emergency and it was after my day vets hours? Could I take her to the local 24 hour Pet ER?
I called and they said, "well, we have 6 veterinarians and one of them is an exotic vet but she does not work after 6PM." So I called another and they flat told me they wouldn't accept an exotic and told me to call the first place I already called. So I looked up the local 24 emergency vet clinics on my phone and began calling them... all. Yep, I called them all. After about 20 offices I got tired of trying to find an emergency vet. Can you believe this?
What would have happened to my pet by now if I had waited until 3AM on a day my mini pig or "exotic" had an incident? I keep having to remind myself that it was better I was doing this now then later and back to my mission to find an emergency after hours vet for exotics I went.
I really don't understand it, though I am not a doctor of veterinarian medicine but I would have thought that stabilizing an animal was stabilizing an animal regardless of species. But apparently I am wrong.
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO CALL YOUR LOCAL 24 HOUR EMERGENCY VETERINARIANS OFFICE TO SEE IF THEY WILL HELP YOUR MINI-PIG OR OTHER EXOTIC IN CASES OF EMERGENCY!!!!!
I live in Orange County California, if you live here I have done your homework. This company is open 6 PM till 8 AM Monday through Friday and Saturday noon until Monday mornings. Generally anytime your vet is closed.
Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic has 2 locations;
12750 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove 714 537-3032
1474 S Harbor Blvd., La Habra 714 441-2925 (It's 1/28/2014) This location will be moving right up the street next month to 3920 N Harbor.
Same city & Number
While you may have ? better luck admitting your mini pig to a vet in a rural area, I think I'd still call to make sure, especially since many times these 24 hour clinic can be many minutes away from your locations. If you are a city pig, call now before you find yourself at a door that might turn you away!
I never thought about this until today and I'm glad I did. At least now I know where I can take my "exotic" when I need a Pet ER!
Debra Jo Chiapuzio