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Local veterinarian clinics struggle to keep up with demand

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 8:49 AM EDT
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Mid Ohio Valley (WTAP) -According to a COVID-19 Pulse Study by the American Pet Products Association, around 12.6 million U.S. households got a new pet last year after the pandemic was declared in March 2020.

Local veterinarians share how this spike in pet ownership is impacting clinics and shelters in the MOV.

If you’ve called any vet clinics in the area recently, chances are you heard the busy signal sound.

It’s because our local vets are busier than ever before. Christina Davis, a local vet in the MOV tells us why.

" I think with being home, people are just able to see more of their pets. More illnesses are coming in as well it’s not just routine stuff.”

Davis, says people are bringing in more puppies and kittens and that they are accepting around 75 new clients each month this year. This increase in pets makes for long wait times and for long, stressful days for her and the clinic’s staff.

“Everybody is mentally and physically exhausted. They are giving more than what they can. We don’t have time for our personal lives really at all and it’s really taken a toll on the veterinary world.”

Davis says she is in contact with many other clinics in the area and they all are telling her they are in the same boat and they say they work after hours most days to make sure people’s pets are taken care of but they simply can’t keep up with demand.

That’s where the Humane Society comes in to help.

Gary McIntyre, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Parkersburg says if people are having a hard time getting their pets in to get their vaccines, the Humane Society holds a monthly vaccine clinic on Saturdays.

You can actually drive into our parking lot, fill out your form, hand it to us, they come to the car and they vaccinate your cat or dog and you’re on your way.

Both McIntyre and Davis say there is a shortage of vets in the area and that if anyone is studying to be a veterinarian, they will have their pick of the litter when they start looking for job openings.

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