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Emergency vet problem real

Dear Editor,

I was unaware of the emergency vet problem until last Friday morning when our dear family cat of six years was hit by a car in the early morning. We first called our Rifle vet at 6a.m., and continued calling vets near to us, and their emergency numbers all routed us to Grand Junction! I couldn’t believe they would even put Grand Junction down for emergency service, but the tech in Grand Junction said they were the on call emergency vet from New Castle to Parachute.

By the time I reached anyone in the Roaring Fork Valley 40 minutes had passed and our cat was trying desperately to breathe. We felt so helpless.

A vet kind enough to hurry in was from Red Hill Animal Health Center in Carbondale. We jumped in the car in hopes that we could get him there in time to get him on oxygen, but halfway there, he died.

I am now aware of the problem that others have faced as well in emergency pet situations. Perhaps bringing light to this situation can bring a change among our local veterinarians and their coordinating emergencies together locally.

Camille Toler

Silt


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