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My vet is using telemedicine for some visits. How does that work?

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You may be able to schedule a remote visit with your vet and talk with them over a webcam or smartphone. Your vet may start with telemedicine triage to figure out if you need to bring your dog or cat into the clinic. They will have a quick chat with you to go over your pet’s symptoms.

Because of temporary changes in some laws, your vet may be able to prescribe drugs without a “face -to -snout” clinic visit. You may be able to send your vet a video of your pet and get a prescription without a clinic visit.

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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