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By: Juliette B.
Central Coast Pet Emergency
Though the front desk was nice enough, the vet did not look or act very professional & I have never experienced "Up Selling" like this in my life (65 yrs).Praying on the fear/guilt of a pet owner, numerous unnnecessary procedures/tests were added to X-rays, which is probably all that was needed.Saturday night, Puh began whimpering, hadn't eaten, drunk water or pooped for 24 hrs. Fearing he had gotten chicken bones from the trash, neither of us slept well. He was uncomfortable, not himself & didn't want to move.Early Sunday, he seemed a little better, so I toyed with waiting til Monday to see his regular vet. But worried I might be wrong & knowing a couple X-rays would probably suffice, we set out for Central Coast Pet Emergency. The vet made up a list of things to be done, with much more than X-rays. I should have just said, no, X-rays only to start with, but I'd never met a vet I didn't trust, so I agreed. The bill came to $691 & despite the fact that the X-ray tech saw nothing ominous, the vet made another estimate of other things needing to be done for an additional $592! I said, no. He made me feel guilty, having me sign that I had declined extra services. I couldn't believe the original Invoice & didn't get to read the X-ray techs findings until I was leaving. See for yourself below attached. Stay away. Try Atascadero instead!
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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