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Discussion: Should emergency animal clinics be required to provide a ‘minimum of care?’ — 8 Comments

  1. I was at my regular vets office one afternoon and a dog was hit in traffic. It has escaped its home and had on a collar and microchipped and the vet started treatment immediately. The dog survived. I asked them about it the next week when I was in there.

  2. A lot of animals are rescued from the streets after being abandoned, thrown from cars, TNR’d too young, etc. They often don’t even belong to the person who’s trying to get emergency treatment.

  3. I believe it is wrong to turn away pets in emergencies but then again these clinics are businesses.

    What about making it obligatory for all pet owners to take out a special form of pet health insurance which only covers specific health issues encountered in emergencies which would mean the insurance would be cheap and affordable to all?

    Call it emergency pet health insurance. It would not cover all the usual diseases etc.. Just emergencies such as poisoning and broken bones and so on.

    • Micheal in the US we can’t get them to register their pets for a yearly license that helps pay for Animal Control and the shelters.

      • Yes, I can imagine. I am dreaming but I guess it’s allowed 🙂 I think some sort of yearly payment from cat owners – a small sum, say $10 – would help both shelters, provide some free vaccination services, support TNR, provide basic insurance and so on.

        $10 would raise getting on for a billion dollars in revenue nationally from cat owners (less running costs!). You could do a lot with that for cat welfare. If both cat and dog owners paid the $10 you’d have up to 2 bn dollars.

        This is hinting at a national licensing program. But as you say no one is interested. I don’t think $10 is much to provide a lot of good and it would help (I hope) reduce irresponsible pet ownership.

        Of course it would be almost unenforceable so the amount raised would be half of what it should be! Enforceability is the weakness. It might be that the running costs are prohibitive.

  4. If that were required, we would no longer have e-vets, they would simply go to private practice. Anderson recently lost their 24 hour vet service because it’s hard to staff and vets want to be well compensated.

    • Especially if they work serious cases after normal business hours. They have to have money to pay for all of those diagnostic machines. I didn’t realize Anderson had lost their e-vet.

  5. I Believe they should..I’ve been there..its an act of compassion..I do understand they can’t work for free but during off days and hours there’s no one to turn to. When things occur when advocates and rescues can’t be reached i believe the emergency clinics should help..There is funding out there but there are times they just can’t be reached.

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