Treatment further away, but vets trained for emergencies

The worst part of practice was being on call for and attending emergencies.

Treatment further away, but vets trained for emergencies

As a retired veterinarian who practiced for 30 years I have been following with interest the discussion regarding the transfer of veterinary emergency services out of the Cowichan Valley.

I loved veterinary medicine: solving medical cases and performing surgery. I miss my clients and all the positive feedback I received from helping them and their pets. However, I can say absolutely, that the worst part of practice was being on call for and attending emergencies. The pager was my enemy. Movies, concerts, family dinners, drinks with friends, sleep: all interrupted by that pager. I found it extremely stressful to be called out in the middle of the night to treat an injured or sick animal and reassure distraught owners, almost always on my own without support staff. Then back to work in the morning.

Prior to starting my own practice I worked weekends at an emergency practice. I saw more cases on a weekend than in a year of regular practice. My emergency medical skills were the best of my career simply because I used them so intensely.

It may now take longer to get to emergency services but your pet will be treated by trained emergency practitioners and their teams.

There are some emergency situations where time is of the absolute essence but based on my experience they are rare. If you want to do the best thing for your pet: keep them away from roads, keep small dogs away from big dogs, have a pressure bandage handy and have an emergency fund set aside or buy pet insurance.

Dr. Keith Grey (retired)

Duncan

Just Posted

VIDEO: LeE HARVeY OsMOND brings his unique journey to Cowichan Nov. 23

Discovering he’s Mohawk after thinking for 53 years that he was Irish has changed performer’s life

Coming up in Cowichan: Mental Health First Aid, Redefining Toxic Masculinity, zumba, lampreys

Mental Health First Aid course for veterans Providence Farm is hosting a… Continue reading

Music by Elgar, Kodaly, and Schubert on menu when Cowichan Consort takes stage

VIDEO: Beautiful Elgar selection will be performed in honour of four late Consort members

Strong effort by United results in loss to Castaways

Strong start for Cowichan team doesn’t hold up

Excess lead in drinking water? Not in Cowichan

But pipes and fixtures in some older homes could pose a problem

PHOTOS: NHL honours B.C. grandma’s battle against cancer in special match

Shea Theodore’s grandmother Kay Darlington dropped the puck at a special ‘Hockey Fights Cancer’ game

Mosaic Forest Management announces forestry shutdown

Thousands of forestry workers in Coastal B.C. will be affected by ‘curtailment’

Appeal dismissed for B.C. man who assaulted woman in ‘thoroughly modern’ fight over phone

‘Both were seeking evidence of cheating by the other,’ says B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo

University of Victoria threatens any athletes who speak about rowing coach probe

Barney Williams has been accused of harassment and abuse

B.C.’s largest catholic archdiocese names 9 clergymen in sex abuse report; probes ongoing

Vancouver Archdioces presides over 443,000 parishoners in B.C.

Eagles congregate around Salish Sea for one last feast before period of famine

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society preparing to receive birds in need of care

Smudging in B.C. classroom did not affect Christian family’s faith, says school district lawyer

Lawyers make closing arguments in a Port Alberni case about the Indigenous cultural practice

Canadian Forces member charged with possessing magic mushrooms in Comox

Master Cpl. Joshua Alexander, with the 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron, facing two drug related charges

Most B.C. residents, including those hit by 2018 storms, not prepared for outages: report

Create an emergency kit, BC Hydro says, and report all outages or downed lines

Most Read