Thursday, December 13, 2007

Pet 9-1-1

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Is Spot having a seizure or Fluffy suffering a coronary episode? Maybe Fido just broke his leg—have no fear, there’s now an emergency ambulance service just for our fuzzy friends.

WestVet Animal Emergency and Specialty Center has brought Boise’s first pet ambulance to the valley, offering “state-of-the-art, human-equivalent services” for pets.

The company, with clinics in Garden City and Meridian, bought an ambulance once used from human emergencies, and retrofitted for pet use. Yup, that means pet-sized gurneys, a crash cart, animal medications and intravenous fluids, custom cages for the smallest patients and blankets that circulate warm air to maintain body temperature. (We like to imagine the ambulance being driven by an English bulldog wearing a sassy little uniform.)

Once at the clinic, pets are catered to by a staff of board-certified surgeons and specialists who do everything from cardiology, orthopedic surgery, acupuncture, dermatology and hydrotherapy.

Now that we’ve got the pets taken care of, maybe the world can safely turn its attention to humans in need of medical care.

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