If dog, cat or other pets. If the dear four-legged friends on the side are unwell, owners need quick help.
But the supply situation of dog, cat and Co. in the Ruhr area is getting worse. A veterinary clinic from Recklinghausen has bad news for all pet owners.
Dog in the Ruhr area: where to go with the sick four-legged friend?
After 21 years, the Menzel veterinary clinic in Recklinghausen is forced to take a momentous measure. The team worked 365 days a year for 21 years.
But that’s over now, as the veterinary clinic announces. One could “no longer maintain a 24/7 emergency service” and had to stop the weekend emergency service on September 30, 2022.
The reasons given by those responsible for this were a “persistent shortage of skilled workers with a steadily increasing workload”.
Dog in the Ruhr area: what happens in an emergency?
“The step to giving up the emergency service on the weekends was not easy for us because we are aware of the responsibility for our patients,” said the veterinary clinic. One continues to strive for staff and is in exchange with veterinary practices and clinics in the area.
The goal: an emergency service ring at weekends – comparable to the emergency service of pharmacies, where different providers take turns. Until then, the veterinary clinic will only be open Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. There are appointments for this by appointment.
Dog in the Ruhr area: “I’m scared and worried”
Pet owners are extremely concerned at the news. “It really scares and worries me. I don’t like to think about what would have happened without nightly weekend emergency service when Flusen had mechanical ileus in 06/2018 and is still alive thanks to you,” writes one on the veterinary clinic’s Facebook page.
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Another complains: “So the animals can only get sick from Monday to Friday. Then you are more than welcome as a paying patient. Just sad.”
What happens to my dog on the ward?
The regulation does not affect intensive care patients. Animals admitted to the hospital would continue to be cared for from Monday to Sunday. Only the ambulance is closed from Friday evening to Monday morning.