Editor:

If you’re a pet owner and live in Lake Havasu City, hopefully you’re established with one of the few veterinarians in town. Sancho (my pug) and I had just moved to town. After five days of looking for a veterinarian to get established with, I thought I’d share the following with you; in 1990 there were approximately 30,000 people in Lake Havasu City and seven veterinary clinics. Today there are over 60,000 people in Lake Havasu City, but only five veterinary clinics. Those clinics have to take care of over 85,000 residents and snowbirds’ pets in town over the winter. Unlike California and Nevada there are no 24-hour clinics. Four of the veterinarians are small family-owned practices. I was lucky and got an appointment for 30 days in advance. If you’re not established with a vet already and you need services soon you’ll probably have to go to Kingman or Las Vegas, as the veterinarians here are totally overwhelmed. With the heat and the coyotes out here it is a very different life for Sancho and me. I’ve heard stories about coyotes picking up little dogs and cats.

If you have an emergency, most of the doctors in town charge between $250 and $350 for coming in on weekends, holidays, or after hours, and that’s just to come in with a technician. After that you have the cost of x-rays, blood tests, and whatever. And keep in mind, unlike the hospital or emergency room that takes insurance access or Medicare you need to pay at the time of services.

All of the doctors are great. I love the small-town atmosphere, however this town could use a few more veterinary clinics. Maybe even a 24-hour clinic would be nice to have.

Gino Moretti (and Sancho)

Lake Havasu City

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