Search This Blog

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Does Your Veterinarian Have Your Pet's Best Interest at Heart?


Emergency Service for Our Pets
Attention Pet Owners: This letter is in response to Ms. Jan Wilson’s recent letter regarding her valiant effort to save a little dog who was the victim of a hit and run driver, and a non-existent, after office hours, veterinarian emergency service in Florence. Ms. Wilson, your compassion for someone’s injured pet is commendable. Although, you were not successful in obtaining the medical help, which should have been available and which may have saved the life of this innocent animal, you have succeeded in calling to the public’s attention the inhumane practice of our local veterinarians, who refuse to give medical aid to animals suffering a medical crisis, after office hours.
I am certain there are many pet owners in our community, who, like me, are shocked to learn that the veterinarians we regularly patronize in our town have made no provision for our pets, in case of an after office hours emergency, other than to offer a number to call in Columbia. To confirm this incredible truth, just call your veterinarian, as I did. A representative in our veterinarian’s office told me that no one in that office would see our pet, if he had a medical emergency, after office hours. Their procedure is to give us a number to call -- in Columbia! In other words, pet owners, if our pets become ill after office hours -- or worse yet, like the little dog Ms. Wilson tried to save, are hit by a car -- we have to drive all the way to Columbia for help. Can you imagine traveling that distance, over an hour, with your injured pet, watching him suffer in excruciating pain, with nothing to relieve his suffering? Most likely, he will not survive the trip, having bled to death or having gone into shock. And all because of the failure of the Florence veterinarians to provide what other, more compassionate veterinarians have in place for their communities, an after-office hours emergency service.
Needless to say, these veterinarians in our town, do not have our pet’s best interest at heart. The little, helpless creature’s lives are at risk with this present system. They depend on us to keep them safe. Come to think of it, these local veterinarians depend on us too, for their livelihood. This should give us some bargaining power. If other areas can offer after-office hours emergency service, what’s wrong with Florence? Competent veterinarians should consider this a priority. Responsible pet owners should demand that they do! Shame on a society, tolerating anything less! What do you say, SPCA? Source


The letter above should never have had to be written. Florence is no different than any other community. Pets live where people live. If our veterinarians have our pet's best interest at heart then they need to offer after-hours emergency care.

Call your Veterinarian Today and ask if they provide AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE! Let us know the respond and we will post their AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY NEXT TO THEIR NAME BELOW.

Palmetto Veterinary Clinic
463 North Guignard Drive, Sumter
(803) 773-5506
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:
              
Guignard Animal Clinic: Hooper Frank A DVM
1216 South Guignard Drive, Sumter
(803) 775-9152
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Animal Medical Clinic
21 Pinewood Road, Sumter
(803) 773-1616
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:
           
Guignard Animal Clinic
1216 South Guignard Drive, Sumter
(803) 775-9152
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Advanced Veterinary Hospital
1230 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter
(803) 469-6077          
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:
 
Peach Orchard Veterinary
1266 Peach Orchard Road, Sumter
(803) 494-8387
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Bishopville Animal Clinic
428 N Main St # A, Bishopville
(803) 484-6994
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Morris Animal Clinic
2093 Alex Harvin Hwy, Manning
(803) 435-8001          
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Wateree Animal Hospital
www.watereeanimalhospital.com/
500 York Street, Camden
(803) 432-9084
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
www.vmsvet.net/
196 Highway 601, Lugoff
(803) 438-1223
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

THE VETERINARIAN'S CREED To regard my profession as something more than a means of livelihood; To value character more highly than reputation and truth above popularity; To be merciful and humane, preventing needless suffering among dumb beasts; To be faithful and zealous, preventing needless loss to those I am called on to serve; To guide my conduct by sober judgment and my judgment by a never sleeping conscience; To be modest and open-minded and thankful for every opportunity to increase my knowledge and my usefulness; To be a coworker with my fellow practitioners by the mutual interchange of counsel and assistance; To be true to myself, measuring my success by the value of the service I render rather than by the fee I receive. R. R. Dykstra, Dean College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University 1918 - 1948

Word of the Day

Snap Shots

Get Free Shots from Snap.com