More emergency vet services needed

April 26, 2024

We recently reported that Rehoboth Beach Animal Hospital is offering urgent care for pets during its regular business hours. It’s a commendable effort and much-needed, but more must be done in the Cape Region to provide 24-hour, seven-day-per-week emergency services. 

Currently, the nearest emergency veterinarians that are open around the clock and on weekends are in Dover and Salisbury, Md. Another is located in Christiana. 

Unfortunately, this isn't close enough, as many emergency situations require immediate attention.

With a growing year-round population, the need is real, and it is more apparent than ever. 

For many, pets are not just animals; they are cherished members of the family. They provide unconditional love, companionship and joy. Yet, when faced with a medical emergency after hours or during weekends and holidays, the lack of immediate access to veterinary care can be devastating.

Consider a scenario where a beloved pet suddenly falls ill or sustains an injury at night or on a weekend. In such moments, every minute counts. The absence of a nearby emergency veterinarian means precious time wasted in frantic searches for assistance, often resulting in increased suffering for the animal and heightened anxiety for their owners.

Beyond the immediate benefits to pet owners, the presence of an emergency veterinarian holds broader significance for our community. It fosters a sense of security and peace of mind, knowing that professional assistance is readily available when needed most. Additionally, it enhances the appeal of the Cape Region as a desirable destination for pet-friendly tourism and relocation, aligning with our commitment to fostering a welcoming and compassionate environment for all residents, both human and animal alike.

Addressing the need for emergency veterinarian services requires concerted effort and collaboration among local authorities, veterinary professionals and concerned citizens. Let us unite to prioritize the health and well-being of our furry companions by advocating for the establishment of an around-the-clock emergency veterinarian in the Cape Region. Together, we can ensure that no pet is ever left without the care and the attention they deserve in their time of need.

  • Editorials are considered and written by Cape Gazette Editorial Board members, including Publisher Chris Rausch, Editor Jen Ellingsworth, News Editor Nick Roth and reporters Ron MacArthur and Chris Flood. 

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