The Halifax Regional Municipality is blessed to have a dedicated emergency veterinary hospital. The Metro Animal Emergency Clinic located is supported by more than 25 member clinics and two subscribing practices. The benefits of all the practices collaborating by joining a single emergency practice, ensures your fur, feathered and reptilian family members receive high-quality services that cannot be provided by individual smaller practices overnight, on weekends and holidays. Medical records are transferred to your regular clinic, keeping a smooth flow of information from the emergency providers and the general care providers, this is a critical component in continuity of care.
The veterinarians and staff at the Emergency clinic have advanced training in emergency medicine, which is as different from routine daily veterinary practice as your doctor’s general practice is from the work of paramedics and human emergency room workers. Examples of unique services available to all the clinics collaborating with the Emergency Clinic include the only blood bank in Nova Scotia. Another perk to using an emergency facility it that the staff work those hours as regular shifts. They are not coming in exhausted after a day at work and trying to solve medical problems with tired brains.
Recently, services at the Metro Animal Emergency clinic were expanded to include daytime monitoring for patients who would be best served by not transporting back to their referring veterinarian each day. Full Circle was recently able to access this awesome daytime emergency support when one of our patients suffered from a gastric torsion and needed a specialized surgery done infrequently in daily practice but often in emergency practices. We were able to get a rapid diagnosis, send her to the MAEC and have this surgery underway in a very short time frame with a successful outcome for the dog. Dr. Bishop’s cat Pepita enjoyed the overnight and weekend care at the emergency clinic when she had acute liver disease a few years ago. The staff at the emergency clinic have also been quite co-operative in administering the herbals or homoepathic treatments that our holistic patients may be receiving in addition to conventional protocols.
Sometimes we hear complaints that the emergency clinic costs more than regular practice. Every patient who visits a member hospital receives an automatic discount to the emergency fee, bringing the service fees charged in line with most hospitals in the area and certainly lower than an individual clinic would charge if they had to get a technician and a veterinarian (who likely just worked all day) out of bed in the middle of the night to deal with an emergency. And for the fees charged, your pet receives outstanding emergency care. Please visit www.maec.ca for information on the services and helpful tips on household hazards, poisonous plants, seasonal safety tips and emergency first aid.
If your pet needs emergency support call: 902 468 0674.