BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- Getting your pet the critical care it needs just got easier. Some may call it a splurge, but a Bonita Springs veterinary clinic is now offering a full-service ambulance to four legged friends.
From the siren, down to the stretcher--there's little separating this pet ambulance, from the one for people.
"It has oxygen pipes throughout, there's ECG, defibrillator, blood pressure, pretty much anything you would need in the case of an emergency," Dr. Wendy Arsenault of Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialist & 24-Hour Emergency Hospital.
The pet ambulance is the first of it's kind in Florida. Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists purchased the full-service mobile clinic based on demand.
"We've had calls from local veterinary practices where they have a critical patient in-house and they want to transfer them here for care but they're not stable enough for the transfer," Arsenault said Monday.
Since it's debut just two weeks ago, the pet ambulance has already paid off for Betsy George and her furrier other-half, Fancy.
"She was having episodes about every ten minutes, where she would stop breathing," George explained.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was the first to be transported in the clinic's new wheels, after weathering a critical surgery to treat her advance laryngeal paralysis.
"Everything was on board with her that she could possibly need, including the vet tech that accompanied her," George said.
A ride in the lime green get-up starts at around $95, but goes up based on the care required.
Some say it's a small price for man's best friend.
"I think for a lot of people, a pet is a family member. They want the same level of care for an animal that they can get for themselves," Arsenault said.
Technicians are not allowed to use the siren or lights during transport.
You can get your first peek at the pet ambulance at the 2nd Annual "Bark in Riverside Park" event on February 4th in Downtown Bonita Springs, from 11am-3pm.