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Criticism unfair to veterinarians

Dear Editor,

I had the impression you checked letters for facts before publishing, especially one so derogatory to the local vets.

This emergency call from Chamaigne Wade was responded to within 10 minutes. I happened to hear the doctor’s end of the conversation to the Wades: “I will be glad to come, but I am probably not your best bet, as if the dog needs more done than I have in my mobile unit, you would be paying me and the surgery clinic also.”

They had told her the dog had a broken leg and the bone was sticking out, bleeding, but stopped with a bandage.

The vet continued to tell them that she would come, but if the dog needed an X-ray or surgery she would need to take it elsewhere and suggested Red Hill. This would give you a bill for one vet visit instead of two.

There were two more later conversations in which, in one of them, the Wades told the vet not to come, and another where the doctor initiated the call and asked them if they had found a clinic to take the dog.

The man in the case thanked her for her concern and all seemed fine.

This letter is unfair to vets in the area who do arrange for their practice to be covered when they are not available.

Marge Chandler

New Castle

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