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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Waltham, MA, USA

    Pet Emergencies - are you prepared?

    I got a message and ended up speaking with a woman who found Pet Talk, and needed help with a hamster issue and had no idea what to do or where to turn. After we spoke on the phone for a bit, I gave her the phone number for Angell Memorial in Boston, which has an Emergency Help Line, it is part of the Massachusetts SPCA.

    But it occurred to me - as pet emergencies rarely happen when the vet's office is open, do you know who you could call in such an event?

    I know I am fortunate, no only do I have them not too far away, there are two 24-hour vet clinics a couple miles from here.

    Just in case anyone ever needs it, the number I gave her is Angell Memorial Emergency: 617-522-7282 (press 1)

    How about folks list their own resources for such events, just so people can check here if necessary ...
    I've Been Frosted

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Happy Valley, Utah
    I have the local emergency vets numbers programmed into my cell phone, have since I got the phone. I also have several regular vets in there too so I don't have to look up their number I can just call. To be honest I have two of their numbers memorized anyway though.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Illinois, USA
    Thank you, Karen for the reminder! I am not as prepared as I should be. Our vet always asks this question too.

    The biggest emergencies I can see us needing to be prepared for - a loss of utilities, heat or water for an extended period; or, for some reason I need to go to my parents' house because of something that's happened there, and Cassie goes with me. My mom has one of those single-use disposable litter pans on hand in case we ever need to stay with them on s hort notice.
    I've been Boo'd ... right off the stage!

    Aaahh, I have been defrosted! Thank you, Bonny and Asiel!
    Brrrr, I've been Frosted! Thank you, Asiel and Pomtzu!

    "That's the power of kittens (and puppies too, of course): They can reduce us to quivering masses of Jell-O in about two seconds flat and make us like it. Good thing they don't have opposable thumbs or they'd surely have taken over the world by now." -- Paul Lukas

    "We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays." -- Persius, first century Roman poet

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    I have an emergency vet about 20 minutes away.

    This winter I bought a propane heater in case we lose power when it's really cold. While I might find a place to go,
    not many would welcome five furkids and 14 fishies.
    Forever in my heart...

  5. #5
    I know my vets number, don't need to go look it up or have it saved in my phone. If it is after hours then there is always at least one vet on call.
    Rhi *Hooman* Clover *Rottie x ACD* (RIP to my BRD) Elvis and Tinny *The BCs* & Harri *JRT* Luna *BC x*

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Delaware, USA - The First State/Diamond State - home of The Blue Hens
    There are only three pet emergency ER's in the whole state (not that DE is big to begin with), and the closest is about a half hour drive from here. I know the address and the general vicinity, but don't know exactly where it is. Perhaps it would be a good idea to take a ride and find them one day that I'm in that general vicinity. They are open all night (the hours that a regular practice is closed) but not during the day, and are open 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday. Not sure about holidays - guess I should check it out.

    Thanks for bringing up the subject, Karen.
    Wolfy ~ Fuzzbutt #3
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    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Methuen, MA; USA
    I have three ER vets in my area. Over the past 15 years, I've managed to use all 3 at one time or another.


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