Pets need on-call service

Residents forced to travel to Kelowna for animal emergencies on evenings or Sundays

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Klassen for addressing an issue that is very close to my heart and I am sure the hearts of many who are pet owners.

For those of us that do own pets, these pets hold a special place in our families and it is very stressful when that pet is not able to get the attention it needs in a timely fashion. As it stands right now, if your pet should be injured or become seriously ill, as in my case, and time is of the essence, then you must take your pet all the way to Kelowna to be seen.

The services that my cat received by the vets here in town was fine and I do appreciate their talents and their care for my cat. What I found most distressing was the fact that if a vet was needed past 5:30 p.m. or on a Sunday then I had to travel to Kelowna, find the hospital and deal with strangers.

Is it being unreasonable to ask our local veterinarians to consider doing a shared on-call system just as they do for people so that as pet owners we could have some peace of mind and a lot less stress?

S. King

 

Penticton