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How are veterinary clinic practices changed during social distancing?

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Some clinics may be closed temporarily, while others offer limited services. It all depends on what stage your area is in regarding lockdown or reopening. If it is closed, it could be because your local government doesn’t count vet care as an essential business, or because a staff member or recent visitor was diagnosed with COVID-19 and could pass it to other people.

If they’re open, it’s possible that they won’t offer all the services they usually do, such as grooming or routine shots.

Instead of regular visits in the office, your vet may offer curbside care or telemedicine. Temporary changes in some laws mean that your vet may be able to prescribe drugs without a clinic visit -- you may able to share a video of your pet with your vet so they can diagnose and prescribe what your pet needs.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 23, 2020

Medically Reviewed on 9/23/2020

SOURCES:

American Animal Hospital Association: “Pandemic realities: Could animal hospitals be forced to close?”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “COVID-19: What Veterinarians Need to Know,” “Pet Dental Care,” “13 Animal emergencies that require immediate veterinary consultation and/or care.”

North Shore Animal League of America: “Caring for Your Pets During the Coronavirus Crisis,” “Pet First-Aid Kit Essentials.”

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine: “COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices.”

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine: “FAQs for Pet Owners During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Animal Medical Center of New York: “COVID-19 and Pets.”

FDA: “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Helps Facilitate Veterinary Telemedicine During Pandemic.”

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals: “Exercise for Indoor Cats.”

American Kennel Club: “How Many Treats Can Your Dog Really Have?”

Cornell Feline Health Center: “Obesity.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 23, 2020

SOURCES:

American Animal Hospital Association: “Pandemic realities: Could animal hospitals be forced to close?”

American Veterinary Medical Association: “COVID-19: What Veterinarians Need to Know,” “Pet Dental Care,” “13 Animal emergencies that require immediate veterinary consultation and/or care.”

North Shore Animal League of America: “Caring for Your Pets During the Coronavirus Crisis,” “Pet First-Aid Kit Essentials.”

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine: “COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices.”

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine: “FAQs for Pet Owners During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Animal Medical Center of New York: “COVID-19 and Pets.”

FDA: “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Helps Facilitate Veterinary Telemedicine During Pandemic.”

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals: “Exercise for Indoor Cats.”

American Kennel Club: “How Many Treats Can Your Dog Really Have?”

Cornell Feline Health Center: “Obesity.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 23, 2020

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