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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.