Earlier this week I was out the dog park with my dog Podrick, enjoying the nice weather. There was only one other dog at the park, a puppy that would run squealing whenever Podrick got close. We moved to the other end of the park to give him some space and played on our own. After a few minutes, the owner of the puppy came over to ask me a question, “Where is the closest vet clinic?”
Why is this such a terrible question?
This question indicates two things about the people:
- The person and the pet have never been to the vet before.
- Something traumatic has happened recently and the animal should be getting immediate care.
After chatting for a few more minutes I discovered, to my horror, that the puppy had jumped out of his moving vehicle on the way to the park. Normally the pup was outgoing, friendly and fearless, quite the difference from the puppy I saw before me. I did a quick exam and encouraged the man to immediately take the pup to the emergency clinic. Unfortunately, I had left before he made his final decision but I hope he made the right one! If you ever need a recommendation make sure to give us a call!