(WICHITA, Kan.) — Lying down is about all eight-year-old Buddy can do.
"He was limping since Friday, and now he lays and cries just when he tries to stretch his leg,” Joani Bevan, one of Buddy’s owners, said.
The 100-pound husky mix's pain was enough to drive his owners to the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital of Wichita.
"It's Memorial Day, of course, the vets are closed-- which everybody has the right to a day off-- thank goodness for emergency hospitals. However, the price is double what you would pay,” Bevan said.
And, the hospital's workload doubles on summer holiday weekends... when typical vet offices are closed.
"This will be our busiest weekend of the year, more than likely,” Veterinarian Brock Lofgreen said.
The exam rooms and the three I-C-U's are full. And the staff is busy with surgeries, like repairing a dog’s tongue after he bit into an electrical wire.