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Why Is My Vet Hospital So Busy?

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Why Is My Vet Hospital So Busy?

High adoption rates coupled with an industry staffing shortage are two of the main reasons we’re busier than ever lately. Here are a few more:

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More Patients Per Vet

  • Pets need catch-up care they were unable to get during the pandemic
  • Increased pet adoptions during quarantine
  • An ongoing national shortage of vets, making it difficult to hire doctors
  • More owner/pet interactions while working from home
  • Increased health awareness
  • Increased anxiety for both pet and owner

Less Staff Availability

  • Increased workload to staff ratio
  • New sick staff and family protocol encouraging people to stay home from work or school if they feel sick
  • An ongoing shortage and increased turnover of support staff, making hiring and scheduling more tedious

We are doing everything we can to continue to provide excellent veterinary care for your pets. Here are a few things to keep in mind for your next visit:

What Hasn’t Changed

  • Our love for animals and what we do
  • Our commitment to see that, no matter what, your pets get the highest quality care
  • Our connection with you and your beloved pets

How You can Help

  • Understand that we can’t always fit in same-day cases when our schedule is full. If your pet needs urgent or emergency care, we may need to reluctantly refer you to an ER clinic
  • Schedule exams, vaccinations, and other routine care as far in advance as possible
  • Make refill requests before your pet is out of their prescription food or medication
  • Arrive for your scheduled appointments 15 minutes ahead of time
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, please call 24 hours ahead of time so that another patient may receive care in your place

Please be patient, considerate, and kind to our staff!

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