Okay, so this has been a weird day, but I’ll get right into what just happened.
I had just settled at my computer and started a post when I heard a cat having issues behind me. I found Keith, who has been having an odd cough lately, horking like he was about to throw up. He didn’t actually throw up more than some spit, but then he flung himself to the floor and began using both front paws to pull at his face, as if trying to get something out of his mouth. When I tried to reach him, he ran off. When he headed up the stairs, I called on the girls to check on him.
Then I went to clean up the little bit of a mess on the floor.
Wipe, wipe… red?
Which is when one of my daughters came rushing in to tell me that Keith was throwing up blood.
I quickly went online to find the emergency number for the vet. Their website says they are open 24/7 for emergencies, but they also had extended clinic hours. They were still open! I tried calling, but no answer. Just a machine giving their new hours, and saying to call back later if calling during office hours.
My daughters, meanwhile, got Keith into the carrier. While we drove to town, my younger daughter kept trying to phone the vet.
We finally get there, and they were closed! There was a quickly made sign on the door saying they were closed and, for emergencies, had the name and phone number for a veterinary hospital I’ve never heard of. I called while my daughter updated the family (I love technology!).
The emergency vet turned out to be in the city.
I asked if there was an emergency vet in our area, because there’s no way we were going to put Keith through such a long drive.
Turns out there are none. At least none in this town.
So much for 24/7 emergency vet care!
Keith seems to be stable, though still coughing, so we will take him to the vet when they open in the morning. Until then, he is isolated with me in my office/bedroom for the night.
It seems to weird to not have any emergency veterinary services in our area! I just finished doing a search, and found one in another larger town, but they are connected to the one we usually go to – in fact, I got directed to the same website.
As to the clinic we tried, they should have been open, but given the type of sign they had on the door, it seems like they had to close unexpectedly.
We plant to be there before they open in the morning.