Thank you for the information about emergency vet clinics (article on emergency clinic refusing to treat dying dog). I will be sure to call any clinic before I take my dog there for treatment, although I understand that is still not a guarantee they will be prepared to treat him.
I live in Wichita Kansas and we have an emergency clinic for animals here open in non-standard vet clinic hours. I have taken my dog there a few times and find they overcharge extremely even on something as simple as a can of dog food.
I have paid double the normal cost.
I have seen numerous arguments between clients and staff mostly dealing with charges. People are caught in a desperate situation when the pets they love need help. The clinic in Wichita takes advantage. The clinic operates as a specialty surgery clinic in the normal vet clinic hours. This also is a high charge service.
The clinic is owned by local vet clinics who have joined together to create the clinic.
Taking an oath to treat animals 24/7 in all conditions before issuing a vet license is a great idea. Also if a doctor and emergency staff are not present at a clinic, the clinic should not be able to advertise as providing emergency services 24/7.