Pennsylvania pet owners often wait up to 15 hours at "emergency vet" before pet is seen, here's why

Kristen Walters

Pet owners across Pennsylvania are reporting incredibly long wait times at "emergency" pet hospitals, sometimes as much as 15 hours or more. Read on to find out why this is the case.

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If you've ever been in the agonizing position of needing to find emergency care for your beloved dog, cat, or other pet, you may consider taking them to an "emergency" animal hospital, as opposed to your regular veterinarian.

The expectation most pet owners have when seeking emergency care for their pets is that the animal will be seen and treated quickly. However, many Pennsylvania pet owners who have found themselves in this position have reported that "emergency" animal hospitals often do not provide immediate care.

For example, Michael Wright, a pet owner in Monroeville, told local reporters that he had taken his dog to Avets Speciality & Emergency Trauma Center after he became unexpectedly ill. Wright claims that he arrived at the animal hospital around 5 pm, but his dog was not seen by a vet until after 1 am the next morning.

Other pet owners reported that wait times at the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVESC), which has multiple locations throughout western Pennsylvania, have reached as high as 12 to 15 hours before sick or injured animals are able to be seen.

Unfortunately, long wait times are simply a matter of supply and demand. According to Dr. Samuel Durkan, a medical director at PVESC, the personnel at his facility are "trying to do their best, but there is only so much we can do."

Recently there has been a surge in the number of families adopting dogs and cats, but unfortunately, there is a shortage of vets. This scenario has created an unfortunate situation where pet owners must anxiously wait for hours before their pets can be treated by a vet.

Have you experienced long wait times at an emergency animal hospital?

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