Poor Charlie…….he always seems to have problems. This time it was a foxtail in the eye; requiring a trip to the 24 emergency vet, California Veterinary Specialists. Charlie’s eye will survive albeit with interesting times for all over the next two weeks while he wears the cone of shame. The little bastard is an expert at unhinging the cone and slipping out of it. He gets the pain medication and walks round for about 30 minutes feeling fantastic. Swaggering with exaggerated head movements because of the cone, Charlie acts like the big tough guy. And then he crashes and sleeps for the next 8 to 12 hours.
As a result of this adventure, I learned a lot about the emergency vet business. They are not all created equal. The late night, not all night vet had too many clients, so they sent me to a different 24 hour hospital. That hospital couldn’t see him because they didn’t have an opthamalogist on staff. So they referred me to a hospital down in San Diego, 50 miles away. Thankfully we have the Google God who can answer any questions. Google came up with a 24 animal hospital about 10 miles away.
This 24 emergency service in CArlsbasd was worlds better than the competition. When I called them, they actually told me about the competition 5 miles from my home. That was the service that had referred me to San Diego. Second win for this hospital was the appearance — very clean, neat, and professional looking. Not extravagent: but well done. They were waiting for us since I had called, the opthamalogist on call had been warned he or she might need to come in. They took our cat back first for examination and then had us do paperwork. Good point number 3, they took care of the animals. Point 4, the vet was good. She got the foxtail out and then checked carefully for other possible wounds or problems. Point 5, the service was not unreasonably priced and they were upfront on the costs. Final point in their favor, they knew the local vets including ours. And they expected us to go back to this vet after our emergency was over.
That animal hospital was a hopping place last night. All kinds of animals (mostly dogs) were brought into the hospital with all kinds of injuries. One dog had been struck by a car and had a displaced hip. They sent an emergency attendant out to the car to help carefully move the dog inside. Another dog came in with a seizure, the humans had barely walked into the car before that dog got whisked into the back. It was a tough place to work, as emotional as a human emergency room. But our Charlie got good care. I hope to never visit it again. But if needed, we will go back and know that we are in good hands.