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Lack of 24-hour emergency veterinarian care concerns residents

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On Christmas Eve, Julie Jones found herself banging on the door of a local emergency vet for 15 minutes trying to get help for her violently seizing dog, Bella.

After failing to get help in Augusta, Jones had no choice but to drive an hour and half to Columbia in an attempt to get medical treatm...

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  1. I experienced a similar scenario when my Jack Russell was bitten on the nose by a pygmy rattler after my vet’s office closed for the day. I also tried Blue Pearl and St. Francis. My husband and I had to take my dog to one of the emergency vet practices in Columbia. She was well cared for there but had she not had her snake vaccine and our home emergency treatment she might have died otw since we live nearly two hours away. I agree Augusta needs a 24 hour emergency veterinarian hospital.

  2. When I realized there is no/little emergency treatment for animals in this area , I was flabbergasted. Augusta is one of the top medical centers in the state and has no apparent regard for the wellbeing afterhours for pets. somehow that seems contradictory. i asked My Veterinarian about the situation and was told there is no one to lead an effort to be more proactive for animals. surely there is planning going on behind the scene that I am unaware of. Do you think we.as the consumer and pet lover. could work together to improve or correct this outstanding Deficit ?

  3. If memory serves, the first 24-hour emergency clinic in Augusta was a collaborative effort by several of the local Veterinary practices. It was located near St. Marks Methodist Church on Washington Road in the 1980s. Perhaps now is the time for another such collaborative effort.

  4. Sorry, exotic pet owners; I just don’t see the necessity of having a multi-specialty emergency clinic for snakes and horned toads. Cats and dogs, absolutely yes. It is traumatic for both the pet and owners when your pup or kitty is suffering and can’t get treatment.

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