Visit Your Local Emergency Pet Hospital Before Your Pet Has an Emergency


Human and Animal Blood Drive at NorthStar VETS

Human and Animal Blood Drive at NorthStar VETS

Every year, 1000’s of pet owners rush their beloved pets to the emergency pet hospital for a variety of reasons. However, gastrointestinal illness and trauma top the list. If you have a pet, you don’t want to wait until there’s an emergency before you visit the local emergency pet hospital. The panic of Googling your options as you watch your pet in obvious discomfort will only add to your stress.

The Blessing of the Animals event is held at NorthStar VETS in October

The Blessing of the Animals event is held at NorthStar VETS in October

Instead, ask your family veterinarian who they recommend in emergency situations and after hours. They may have rotating vets on call or recommend a local emergency pet hospital. Don’t forget to add the contact information to your phone. It’s also a good idea to leave it in a prominent location like on the refrigerator in case another household member or a pet sitter needs it. NorthStar VETS can supply you with a refrigerator magnet with this information.

Dr. Kimberly Hammer, Medical Director for NorthStar VETS says, “By visiting your emergency veterinary hospital beforehand, you will not only know how to get there, but also have a chance to meet the people who work there and understand the process of how your pet gets the very best care possible.”

One of the Pet First Aid lectures held at NorthStar VETS in 2016

One of the Pet First Aid lectures held at NorthStar VETS in 2016

If you’ve visited your local emergency pet hospital in a time of calm, you’ll have a little more familiarity with the people, place and process. As Hammer says, “Your focus can be on making the very best decisions for your pet in a time of need.”

NorthStar VETS provides plenty of excellent opportunities to visit the hospital in non-emergent situations. Sign up for our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook to be in the loop on upcoming events like pet first aid lectures, human and animal blood drives, and the blessing of the animals. You can also schedule a time to come by for a tour.

Kimberly Hammer, VMD, DACVIMKimberly Hammer, VMD, DACVIM
Dr. Hammer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. She then spent a year at Mississippi State University for a small animal internship and then returned to UPENN for a 2-year residency in small animal internal medicine. She earned board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004. Dr. Hammer’s professional interests include endocrinology, hepatic and gastrointestinal disease, renal disease, and critical care medicine to name a few. Deeply committed to her patients, Dr. Hammer’s primary goal is to provide the very best patient care, both diagnostically and therapeutically. She joined the NorthStar VETS team in September 2007.

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