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    elvis1962
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    Why is it that West Seattle Vets do not have anyone that is open for Urgent Care (emergency for our Pets? I was told that the closest Vet for after hours is in Renton. What about the people with no cars? Or our Senior Pet Owners? I am new to West Seattle and ask for some feedback….Thank you ;)

    Come on West Seattle Vets Step up for us!

    #820147

    mehud7
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    South Seattle Veterinary Hospital on 1st Ave S and SW 112th. Phone (206) 242-8338

    #820148

    elvis1962
    Member

    Thank you for the Hospital information I was not aware of them. That is 7 miles from the Junction.

    No car and you have a dying pet. What to do???

    Call a cab? Take a bus? Or even a Vet that is on call….would be a better choice…just my thoughts..again thank you for your information.

    #820149

    clark5080
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    #820150

    Lena
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    No more emergency at 5 corners. Just South Seattle or out of West Seattle now.

    #820151

    Sue
    Participant

    Dr. Lena, Five Corners’ website said they still have emergency, but only from 7am to midnight, 7 days a week. Did you mean that they aren’t open 24/7 anymore? Or do you mean they do not do emergency at all and their website is outdated?

    #820152

    homedk
    Member

    Elvis1962, I share your worries about this issue.

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    Curious if anyone else knows if any of the Seattle-area mobile vets would be available to do emergency house calls for West Seattle?

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    If so, do you know if it is only for their established clients? I ask because some years ago, our elderly dog suddenly took a turn for the worse and we wanted to spare him a final trip to his regular vet who was some distance away. We attempted to find a mobile vet who would come to our home for end-of-life. This turned out to be one of the worst situations I’ve ever experienced. We expected that it might be costly, but had not anticipated that a medical professional – whose ad said she made house calls in Seattle and performed euthanasia – would grill us about whether we really owned our dog (or perhaps were contemplating the murder of someone else’s pet). After providing the name of our regular vet to address that concern, she still didn’t say whether she would or would not help us, so I stayed on the phone. She just went on to explain how awful it was for her – because people who weren’t her regular clients kept contacting her for end-of-life. She explained that she found it so depressing, as she wanted to get to know clients, work with puppies and kittens, etc. I kept waiting for some empathy or helpfulness to kick in…but after 20 minutes on the phone with her eventually realized it wasn’t coming. Sorry to rant, but as someone in pain, with a pet in distress, we didn’t need more stress or pain. I hope that no one else with a sick, injured or dying pet will ever run into this. We ended up taking our old pup to his regular vet that day, which turned out to be such a better alternative despite the distance. Our vet & his staff were awesome & we all had closure and a chance to grieve together.

    #820153

    LisaM
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    Wow, good to know about 7 Corners as I have just driven straight there in the past for emergencies. I would hate to drive there and find they are closed! I have used the Emergency Hospital on Stone way and it was fine, just very expensive.

    My suggestion to the OP if you don’t have a car, get to know your neighbors with pets and I bet they will agree to help you in an emergency. This is where our community shines..

    #820154

    hammerhead
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    VCA are no longer open 24/7 NOR do they take wildlife any more.

    Your BEST option is South Seattle Vet, no more than 10 minutes for most around here. Newly remodeled. Very nice inside, state of the art equipment ect. Access is all the way in Lake city, and have to have at least 200.00 if not more just to walk in the door. I think at SSV it is 50.00?

    Call them tell them and let them know you have an emergency and they will be prepared. 206-242-8338

    #820155

    guidosmom
    Member

    Wow! I had no idea about VCA. Of course all of the emergencies we ever have seem to happen in the middle of the night. That could have been awful not knowing. Good to know about South Seattle Vet. I have used Access on Lake City and had very very good experiences in the past, but it can be hard to get to. There used to be a lady who had an animal ambulance type service for all animals (livestock as well). I’ll see if I can find her contact info. I know of several people without cars who used her in the past, but it probably wouldn’t be quick enough in an actual emergency.

    #820156

    Lena
    Participant

    SVS in kirkland does have an ambulance that will come to you – not sure of the price

    http://www.svsvet.com

    5 corners has gone back and forth for being open for emergencies over the years. It may be that they are open for emergencies some hours now. I still prefer South Seattle or either ACCES on Lake City or Renton.

    I unfortunately don’t know any house call vets that do emergency work. Most of the ones in the city are located more in the north end. They are all one doctor practices and really to be on call 24/7 is not going to work for anyone. All the ones I know work normal daytime hours and occasionally Saturdays.

    #820157

    littlebrowndog
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    Although A distance away , I have used both Acces clinics in Renton and Lake City and I cannot speak highly enough of SVS in Kirkland. A few years ago we were in Yakima and in the middle of the night my dog had a spinal stroke and was suddenly paralyzed from the neck down. The local emergency vet said the only option was euthanasia.when she saw I was not accepting that she noted that we were from Seattle and said that SVS was awesome and better equipped to deal with something like that. That was the longest drive of my life through the dark and rain and mountains,talking several times with SVS to keep them appraised of our estimated arrival. To make a long story short, they have every specialist under the sun and consulted all night long with their neurologist and they also have every piece of equipment under the sun. He survived and substantially recovered. However it was EXTREMELY expensive and they gave an estimate shortly after arrival and it had to be paid in full at that time. It turned out that in the long run we did received several hundred dollars back. During that long night in their lobby we saw a brochure on the counter for pet insurance and right then and there signed our young dogs up. One of those dogs has paid off in spades with several digestive issues plus two surgeries for herniated discs. The other one, now age 6, has never had a single claim against it and I hope it stays that way but at any moment in time that can change. But if one can afford it and needs specialized critical careI recommend SVS. Sprains, strains, cuts, etc. go with a local emergency vet.

    #820158

    Halyn
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    It may be a bit pricy for this area, since they are based out of Tacoma but my sister-in-law and another vet recently started their own service providing in-home hospice care and euthanasia. My SIL is a graduate of Texas A&M Veterinary school and spent many years as an emergency clinic vet. She is fantastic with animals and is hands down the smartest person I know. This is her website: http://www.thegoodlifeforpets.com/

    If you have an elderly pet or a pet with chronic health issues, she’s definitely worth checking out.

    Fun fact: On the home page, there is a row of pet photos across the top of the page. The cat and dog in the middle are my pets, both of whom were adopted from my SIL’s clinic after being surrendered there by their previous owners. Sadly, the little dog is no longer with us, but the cat is still going strong.

    #820159

    datamuse
    Participant

    homedk, that sounds awful. When my cat was near the end of his life we got a referral for in-home euthanasia through the West Seattle Animal Hospital. We went there for regular veterinary services and I don’t know if they do referrals for pets who aren’t regular patients, but it might be helpful for folks to know. (Despite the name they are not 24/7 emergency care, they had a list of places that provide that but I haven’t been there in over a year and can’t recall any of the names. Maybe give them a call and ask?)

    #820160

    Halyn
    Participant

    Just noticed that my SIL website has a link to someone who is more centered in the Seattle area for in-home services. In case it helps anyone: http://www.gentlepassing.com/default.html

    #820161

    homedk
    Member

    Thanks datamuse, it was. Halyn, thanks for posting these links. I really appreciate everyone’s helpful info here so that any future pet emergency will hopefully be a little easier.

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