Huge strain on veterinary clinics post-pandemic

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A combination of a rise in pet ownership and pet owners putting off veterinary care due to the pandemic has caused long wait times at veterinary clinics and a huge stress on veterinary staff. Be prepared for along wait time get a appointment booked and hours long waiting at a vet ER for an emergency case.


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Rescues are also feeling the strain. I've seen some articles saying people are abandoning their pets in record numbers as people go back to offices or start to feel the stress (or medical costs) of impulsive pet adoptions. There are some counter articles out there. But my local rabbit rescue just installed a camera in their parking lot to get license plates because they have had their highest abandon at doorstep rates in the last 30 years. They have started reporting people to the local authorities for abandonment because many of the rabbits are being left at their door in the heat and most with some medical issue.
 

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In CA it is a misdemeanor, not that anyone might ever be caught though. I had read the same thing out here; people turning animals back in once they return to work. However, the Globe article is correct as well. My dentist is booked until late October (and I am one of the ones who kept up medical care during the pandemic) because everyone is now clamoring for an appointment.
 

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I think they are just trying to stem the flow of abandoned at the door bunnies with the threat of cops.
 

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Well, they should. That is an awful picture in my mind of all those little bunnies just left. It happens here...someone will find a bunny and post on Nextdoor to try to get it some help.
 

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The waits for vet appointments are insane where I live, about 3-5 weeks. I just spent 4 hours waiting at a vet hospital as a walk-in for a sick stray kitten. The local spay/neuter clinic with inexpensive pricing is booked up til January. I either have to fork over $200-300+ for a kitten spay, or wait until they’re almost a year old to get an appointment at the inexpensive clinic.

I wish something can be done but I don’t think it will change anytime soon.
 
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Vets and their staff are feeling the stress, too. Compassion fatigue and burn out is common. Lots of pet owners just blow up at the vet staff for the long wait times, etc and that just adds to the staff's stress. Remember to show your vet and the staff some :hearthrob: :itslove: For a small office, maybe do something nice like gift cards to a coffee shop or other small tokens of appreciation.
 

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“With a full schedule, Blout, the Fayette County veterinarian, said she has had issues with people making appointments, finding an earlier appointment elsewhere, and then neglecting to cancel. It’s led Blout to implement a “no-call, no-show” policy, and charging customers who don’t keep appointments.”

This is very true. Please call if you can’t make it. Even just 30 mins notice gives time for us to fill that slot. For me Saturday, every other of my appointments were no shows. Very frustrating when I know there are animals the need to be seen.
 
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Just wanted to make everyone aware to call the vet ER before you rush over with an emergency. Due to staffing shortages, etc many vet ERs can't handle as many cases as pre-pandemic times. The vet ER can assess your pet's condition over the phone and determine if it's a life threatening issue that needs immediate treatment or an urgent case that can be referred to another local vet ER or urgent pet care facility. Your local vet ER's web site may have additional information.
 

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In this area (Boston to Southern NH) no vets to my knowledge are taking new patients. People have called/ dropped in to our rescue trying to get the name of a vet taking new patients. And the local emergency vet hospital (a rather large operation that even has an ambulance) is turning people away. Prices have risen even for those of us who have long term relationships with our vets.
 
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