A tail of two pets at the vet, essay, Anonymous, 2020 May 06

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"A tail of two pets at the vet" was submitted by an anonymous staff member. Anonymous writes: "In March 2020, you could not go inside a veterinary office due to social distancing. You would call the vet from the parking lot and they would take the pet inside without you.

I had a 19yo cat. She suffered from quite a few medical ailments, but with the help of our vet, she still maintained a decent quality of life. During COVID one of her ailments unexpectedly arose beyond treatment. She was suffering her last day. I called my vet in the morning to make an appointment to have her put down that afternoon. We could not be with her when she passed away.

Next week our dog had his annual. Same parking lot thing as before. They took him inside. The vet called and said he gained 11 lbs in 3 months! He was getting more walks than ever. How is that possible?

These stories and a few more details are both heartbreaking and silly. They are a nexus between COVID-19, veterinary visits, rabies testing, human telehealth, and how small changes in daily routine can change a dog's health."

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