Animal emergencies involving doctors are becoming more expensive. From now on, an emergency service fee is due and the times of the emergency service also change.
Berlin (dpa / tmn) - Anyone who visits the emergency service with their sick animal at night or at the weekend must dig deeper into their pockets. The legislator has introduced a so-called emergency service fee. Afterwards, each veterinarian has to charge a flat rate of 50 euros net (59.50 incl. VAT) for a visit to the veterinarian during emergency service hours, writes the Federal Veterinary Chamber on its website.
In addition to the flat rate, there is the cost of the actual treatment. The times that count as emergency services have also been changed. Instead of 7pm as before, the "night" starts at 6pm and continues until 8am the next morning. The "weekend" starts on Friday evening at 6 p.m. instead of the previous Saturday at 1 p.m. and lasts until Monday 8 a.m.
If there is a shortage of cash, it can be worthwhile not to wait for the evening to visit the doctor if the pet has any complaints, advises veterinarian Tina Hölscher from the animal protection organization Aktion Tier.
There is, however, one exception: if a veterinary practice had a regular consultation hour before February 14, around 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., or had previously offered a regular consultation hour on the weekend, this would not be an emergency service. Then the practice would not have to charge the 59.50 euro emergency flat rate.
Note from the Federal Veterinary Chamber