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  • 1.  Veterinary Shortage Concern

    Posted 20 days ago

    Good morning,

    I run a rescue up in rural Maine, working with shelters in the south to take in dogs and occasionally a few cats.

    I have a HUGE concern on how difficult veterinary care is getting.  My veterinarian and vets in the area are booking appointments for October, if it is a sick appointment they will try and fit you in but charge double for the appointment. The emergency vet clinic which is around 75 minutes away is constantly working with staff shortages, often just one vet and are only able to deal with critical cases, they do all they can offering triage over the phone, the next nearest emergency vet is 2.5 hours away.

    A LOT of veterinarians in the state are not taking on new clients as they are already over-whelmed with the clients that they have.

    I can only see the situation getting worse as the "burn out", stress, emotional distress and increase in demand rises.

    For families who have never had pets before, it can be hard for them to register with a vet.

    Does anyone know if anything is being looked at - for solutions - I know there are a few "online / phone / video" vets appearing, however, I believe that in most states they are not able to diagnose or prescribe - which I understand the reasoning, I know in Maine they cannot. I do provide handouts to adopters about a program and recommend that they do call if they are unsure as of course they would be able to be advised how serious something is - but it doesn't help  much in the overall scheme of things.

    Is there a solution out there that I do not know about - for the rescue and for adopters, it is a conversation that I have with adopters and make them aware of how bad the situation is, but it is extremely worrying if / when something is going to change, however, if I have a rescue that turns out has an allergy, or anything that needs a vet appointment and I can not get them in to be seen until October, that makes that pet unadoptable until it has been seen, diagnosed and treated.

    The "online" vet that could diagnose and prescribe would be perfect and would alleviate a lot of problems throughout the industry - does anyone have any information, ideas, input?

    thank you


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    #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization
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    Jenny Cope - Fear Free Certified
    President/Founder
    Give a Dog a Home Rescue
    Greater Goods Charities - GOODS Program Ambassador
    501c3 Non- Profit Corp, Tax ID/EIN 27-5241306
    State of Maine Shelter/Rescue Licence # F1463
    State of Maine Registered Charity: CO11334
    https://giveadogahome.rescuegroups.org/
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  • 2.  RE: Veterinary Shortage Concern

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hi Jenny;

      Feel free to reach out to Brianna@unitedspayalliance.org  as the www.unitedspayalliance.org
    has a task force addressing the vet shortage issue.  There is also the potential of a local wet lab in the fall to
    help increase s/n efficiency with vets.

    You are not alone for sure...

    Stacy

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    stacy lebaron
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  • 3.  RE: Veterinary Shortage Concern

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hi Stacey,

    Thank you for that information. The problem I have is not spay/neuter as I just have to only pull dogs/cats from the south that are already fixed, I am talking about basic vet visits, sick visits, wellness exams and such - for the rescue and for adopters.

    It is a HUGE concern, and I know it is nationwide, I was just wondering if there was any ideas or thoughts - maybe make it so LVT can diagnose basic things, skin infections, ear infections and such, freeing up the vets to concentrate on the more serious, unknown things.

    Jen

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    Jenny Cope - Fear Free Certified
    President/Founder
    Give a Dog a Home Rescue
    Greater Goods Charities - GOODS Program Ambassador
    501c3 Non- Profit Corp, Tax ID/EIN 27-5241306
    State of Maine Shelter/Rescue Licence # F1463
    State of Maine Registered Charity: CO11334
    https://giveadogahome.rescuegroups.org/
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  • 4.  RE: Veterinary Shortage Concern

    Posted 19 days ago
    There is a physician's assistance model being discussed too which will be helpful.

    But it may take a while..

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    stacy lebaron
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  • 5.  RE: Veterinary Shortage Concern

    Posted 19 days ago
    oh that is interesting I will need to look into their program and how it works - I am in rural Maine so its difficult to get the support.

    We have actually started doing a Wellness on Wheels (we have a shuttle bus) low cost pet services, we have a LVT volunteer and we offer DAPPv, HCP, ear cleaning, nail trims,  blood draw to send to the lab - we are doing one a month and its been very much appreciated - it would be able to extend it to where our LVT can diagnose skin conditions, ear infections and such - she said 95% of the cats that came all had ear infections and all we can do is tell them to go to the vet for diagnosis and treatment - but we know they won't do it - they can't afford it, hence why they come to our little clinic, and again it's 3 months out a lot of vets booking appointments - so meanwhile the pets suffer. It is heartbreaking - I hope the law gets changed and something gets done.

    thank you for the info!

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    Jenny Cope - Fear Free Certified
    President/Founder
    Give a Dog a Home Rescue
    Greater Goods Charities - GOODS Program Ambassador
    501c3 Non- Profit Corp, Tax ID/EIN 27-5241306
    State of Maine Shelter/Rescue Licence # F1463
    State of Maine Registered Charity: CO11334
    https://giveadogahome.rescuegroups.org/
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  • 6.  RE: Veterinary Shortage Concern

    Posted 18 days ago
    That is great.  The more that can be done to support general wellness without utilizing key veterinary resources is excellent.

    thanks for sharing.


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    stacy lebaron
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