Pet Advice: Curbside veterinary care visits

FOX 43 News Pet Advice

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KTMJ) — In this week’s Pet Advice, Dr. Travis Gratton with University Veterinary Care Center explains why people may be leaning toward a curbside veterinary care visit, as opposed to a normal office visit.

Dr. Gratton said the coronavirus pandemic has caused staffing shortages or even closures that can compromise patient care. He said drop-off appointments may be the quickest way to get a pet seen.

Things to consider before you’re appointment:

  • Make sure the pet is secure in a suitable carrier/crate or tight-fitting harness or collar. Clinics may use their own slip lead to prevent dogs from ducking out of collars.
  • Cats birds, and should be secured in carriers. 
  • Write out a list of concerns, problems/symptoms and when they started and how they have progressed.

Good communication practices:

  • Keep a cell phone handy for further questions, updates and diagnostic/treatment plans.
  • Please try to be patient and understanding.

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