Veterinary rotation has disappeared
EDITOR: Here’s the veterinary dilemma: According to the US Census Bureau, the population of Fort Bragg is 7,179, Cleone is 583, Mendocino is 885, Little River is 212 (sorry Caspar, I forgot you) and those numbers total 8,859 residents. It’s reasonable to say that at least 75 percent of people have pets, livestock, or both. There are four vet clinics and one mobile vet on the coast and I have used three of the four clinics myself over the past 23 years.
It has come to my attention that the previous arrangement of having a vet on call per weekend has been abandoned for some time. This results in the need to take weekend vet emergencies to Rohnert Park or Santa Rosa (125 miles or more) for emergency service. We all know that driving on the rough hairpin roads towards Willits or Ukiah is very difficult and when you are rushing with your poor sick or injured pet it is downright dangerous!
We need our vets to come together and provide a vet on call for every weekend. It is a reasonable request and I am not the only one asking for it. Many pet owners on the coast agree with me.
– Gerri Sorkin (with Leam and Stuart Little), Fort Bragg