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Some helpful hints from the world’s worst dog owner

Staff Writer

I couldn’t believe it when I accidentally slammed my dog’s head in the car door. I might be the worst dog owner in the world, especially since I own a Chihuahua who weighs less than four pounds. Zeus is roughly the size of a large squirrel, and honestly, I thought he was going to die.

Watching him lay on the ground yelping as loud as he could while writhing around in pain will forever make the “Top Ten Worst Memories of My Life” list. (If it’s this scary when your dog gets hurt, I never want to have a child.)

My roommate and I were both worried that our dog’s neck was broken, so our immediate thought was to rush him to the vet. However, neither my roommate nor I are from Mt. Pleasant, and even though we’ve both lived here for several years, we found that we had no idea where to take our very hurt puppy at eleven at night. Our regular vet was closed, and we didn’t know where an emergency vet was located – or if there even was an emergency vet clinic.

Attempting to find a 24-hour vet clinic through a state of blind panic was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. My hands were shaking so hard I could barely use my computer or my phone, and trying to see my screen while sobbing was a whole other battle. It took several Google searches, a couple of phone calls, and one frantic 20-minute drive to Clare to get the little guy to the vet.

After it became apparent that my dog was, indeed, going to live, I sat down to think. Mt. Pleasant is a college town and plenty of college students own animals. But I’m pretty willing to bet that in the case of a pet emergency, a lot of students wouldn’t know where to take them. So I gathered a little information in hopes of sparing other frantic pet parents the half hour it took me to find a vet for poor little Zeus.

Following are some of the results from my research:

Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital, P.C.
1929 South Isabella Road, Mt. Pleasant
(989) 773-7679
Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat: 7:30 a.m.-noon

Clare Animal Hospital
11339 N. Mission Road, Clare
After-hours fee: $125 (includes vet and exam)

Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital has an emergency on-call vet, which it shares with Clare Animal Hospital. Monday and Wednesday are Mt. Pleasant nights, and the hospitals rotate weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Calling the normal number after hours will put you in touch with an operator who will give you a number for the emergency vet.

Animal Health Associates
2039 E Pickard Road, Mt. Pleasant
(989) 773-3434
Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m.-noon
After-hours fee: $130

Animal Health Associates has a 24-hour emergency vet on call. Calling its regular number will put you in touch with an answering service that will then contact its emergency vet. Animal Health Associates also services large animals after hours, in which case their vet will come out to your house; however, prices vary for this depending on where you live.

Northwoods Pet Care Center
2188 Independence Drive, Mt. Pleasant
(989) 775-3900
Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wed: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m. – noon
Sun: 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 6 – 6:30 p.m.

While Northwoods doesn’t offer after-hours care, it does offer Sunday hours, which neither AHA or MPAH have. It is also open later on Wednesdays. Northwoods is Zeus’ normal vet, and I’ve always been extremely satisfied with the services.

In case you’re wondering, my dog turned out to be fine. His neck wasn’t broken (thank God) and the only thing really wrong with him was his balance – his ear was caught in the door so he couldn’t really stand to balance or walk, but he got better rapidly.

Now he’s fine, save for the fact that he occasionally falls over. But quite frankly, watching him sprint down the hallway in pursuit of the cat, fall over randomly, and then pick himself up as if nothing had happened, is pretty hilarious.


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