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.
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.
This 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.”