Emergencies and other interesting tidbits

Emergencies and other interesting tidbits

Emergencies and other interesting tidbits

~~This has been a busy and interesting Fall for all of us.  If you have read the papers recently you will remember that Parvo continues to plague this area.  Sadly, this will be a problem forever- so please, please, please remember:  vaccination according to your veterinarian’s recommendations; avoid taking your puppy ANYWHERE except their doctor and home; and avoid doing home- given vaccinations or breeder- given vaccinations. Statistically speaking the vaccines available for sale to the general public are inferior quality AND often are not properly administered and the majority of our parvo cases come from owner or breeder- given vaccinated puppies or those not finished with vaccinations. The newspaper recently distributed somewhat incorrect information: vaccination should be given beginning at 6-8 weeks of age and continuing every 2-3 weeks until a puppy is 20-24 weeks of age depending on its breed and exposure. Again, check with your veterinarian.
  Which brings me to the subject of emergencies.   It has come to our attention that several clinics around town are no longer serving their clients on emergency., We at DVC are also assisting a local clinic with their emergency burden temporarily.  This in addition to the influx of people and pets to the area which naturally occurs in the Fall, has resulted in our clinic becoming INUNDATED with patients needing urgent care.  Much to our dismay, some clinics forgot to warn us that they would not be available, so our ability to make plans was rather hampered.  We sincerely apologize to our customers who have met with longer than usual waiting times and increased difficulty in booking appointments.  We doctors are doing our best to care for everyone.  We cannot turn our backs on pets that need care and have nowhere else to turn,  so please be aware of our dilemma.  We are all working many hours overtime and trying our best, but it is a flood of patients, and we are still looking for a new doctor to fill Dr Perry's void.                                  Please understand and perhaps allow extra time for appointments;  ask for an appointment for your pet  sooner rather than waiting and needing to be seen urgently when you think there MIGHT be a problem; and know that while we are busily taking care of everyone and you are patiently waiting your turn we will give you our full attention and continue to strive for excellence with each and every one of you. 
   The cases we have been seeing recently have had a wide range of diagnoses.  Of course, there are many well and healthy pets and we LOVE puppy and kitten kisses…. Mmmmm,… the top 5 diagnoses this month have been:  Ear infections, skin infections, gastroenteritis (non parvo), dog fight wounds, and orthopedic injuries.  We are consistently seeing parvo daily and now also some puppies and kittens with worms (usually more rare here).
Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for your patience with us.

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