The need for 24 hour animal hospitals

Hudson County VOID: 24 hour animal hospitals

You’d think that with the combined population of Jersey City and Hoboken over 300,000 – that we’d have a round-the-clock animal hospital nearby? Nope. You have to travel by car to either NYC or far-away places like Fairfield, NJ for urgent medical care for you pet – especially on Sundays!

One Hoboken resident had a very tough time this past weekend.

No Hudson County 24 hour Animal Hospitals NJ

Letter: Crappy Hoboken animal care

“I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention that if your pet has a medical emergency on a Sunday there is literally not one place except in NYC that is open to help.

Secaucus has a facility, but that is open only until 12pm.

When I called one of the Hoboken vets, and after waiting on hold for over 10 minutes, the answering service gave me a phone number for NYC animal hospital.

When I explained that I’m in NJ, that my dog had bloody urine and is dribbling around the house and I wanted to have her regular Hoboken Doctor call me, I was told that’s “not possible.”

Even though her Dr. had previously done a urine test and said it has a little blood in it and to keep an eye on her. So here I am following up because today of all days it got worse.

I’m outraged. Seriously outraged that if my pet is suffering and hurt, that I cannot help her. I can’t just get in a car with her and take her into the city.

I can’t even speak to someone who can advise me of what I can do at home or how serious it might be.

No 24 hour animal hospitals near Hoboken NJThis is Hoboken, the city is known for being “pet friendly” and everyone has at least one. I’m appalled at the answering service, the advisement to go into the city, and that I can’t get a call back or have an antibiotic called in to a pharmacy for her.

I’m quite certain if I had a UTI and called my physician’s answering service, he would call in a prescription for me in a Sunday.

Why don’t we have a system in place that could work for everyone? Maybe one doctor could be on call – at least by phone and have an affiliation with one ore more of the pharmacies in town.
Or perhaps one vet could open for longer hours on a Sunday and the other could to the opposite Sunday?

There has to be something better to help care for our pets.

PS – We eventually ended up in Fairfield and the facility is amazing and so is the service. Funniest thing is that doctor (who was working until 2am) is actually from Hoboken and she was incredible. Her attitude and how thorough she was. She really analyzed our dog’s situation and came to a conclusion that we had not heard from our Hoboken Doctor. What our regular vet thought was most likely a tumor on her bladder turned out to be something completely different. It’s the extra time, care, and consideration that we are lacking.”

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10 Comments on "The need for 24 hour animal hospitals"

iforgotmymantra
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iforgotmymantra

I’ve been thinking about this post and decided to comment. Foremost, I agree with the writer’s concerns that there is no 24-hour vet in Hoboken. I think it would be incredible if there was some vet around in Hoboken to provide around-the-clock assistance. However, the urgent care that I twice needed in Fairfield is probably not something I would entrust to a local vet unless they have the technology and expertise Fairfield has. Once my dog was misdiagnosed by a local vet around closing time and I was told to go right to Fairfield. Finally, around midnight at Fairfield I learned that there was nothing wrong with my dog, as opposed to the “he might not live” diagnosis I received in town. So, I guess my point is that just because the care is here might not necessarily mean it is any good, unfortunately.

sweete69@usa.net
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sweete69@usa.net

Dr.Mecheal Lyndhurst Animal Hospital available 24hrs a day great Dr 201-635-1000 its right on ridge rd i made it there in 10 to 15 minutes he was waiting outside,he saved my dogs life twice.

rocklobster
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rocklobster

I totally agree with this letter. It’s absurd that when your pet is having a medical emergency off-hours it takes at least a half-hour to get to the vet. And also because there are no 24-hour facilities in the immediate area there is no medical boarding. My pet’s care at Fairfield was not good, in addition to the expense and inconvenience. Hoboken would be a goldmine for a competent 24-hour vet.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Neophytes want everything in a one square mile radius with out regards to thinking of need/feasibility aspects. Guess what? There are no animal blood banks anywhere nearby should your pet have an emergency requiring a whole blood transfusion.

happyfurball
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happyfurball

Please do your research before you choose a regular vet.
We decided to drive over 30 minutes (each way) to find a decent vet that we trusted. It took us 7 years and a lot of trial and error (and recommendations) to find him.
And please think twice if you were considering going to the vet on Washington St.

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