Shame on Cowichan veterinarians

The equivalent of shutting down Cowichan District Hospital’s emergency department

Shame on Cowichan veterinarians

As the founder and first president of the Cowichan District SPCA I am shocked and appalled at the decision by veterinary clinics in the Cowichan Valley to cease providing after hours emergency services.

Over the past 26 years I have been a loyal client of Prevost Vet Clinic. There have been countless times I have had to use their after hours emergency services. One time in particular during a blizzard at 11 p.m. I phoned the emergency vet on call and without hesitation I was asked to bring my eight-week-old puppy to the closed clinic. With gratitude to the vet on call my puppy’s life was saved. It would have been impossible, due to the blizzard, for me to have gone to Victoria or Nanaimo — my puppy would have died.

The after hours emergency services provided by vet clinics are many times a case of life and death of a beloved pet.

To eliminate this crucial service is the equivalent of shutting down Cowichan District Hospital’s emergency department during the same time frames. Both provide an essential service.

Marsha Todd

Maple Bay

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