The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things going forward, one of which is the way pet owners and vets interact on visits.
Forced to have online appointments due to the pandemic, more and more pet owners and vets are finding that televisiting / telemedicine – having online dates much like phone calls or Zoom meetings – are in fact an effective way to gain control over their animals.
Of course, there are still many cases where in-person visits to a veterinarian would be necessary, such as for x-rays or when certain medications need to be prescribed.
But in other cases, televisites are becoming more and more the norm.
âWhile I certainly wish we had come to this point without going through a pandemic and all the suffering and loss of life, I intend to primarily do telemedicine for the rest of my career,â said the Dr Marie Hopfensperger, Veterinary Behaviorist from Michigan. State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Hopfensperger gave an overview of the advantages offered by televisites.
1. They are less stressful for the animal and the owner.
How many owners dread having to crate their pets, or by themselves in a car, go to the vet and then endure interaction with other pets while they are seated? ‘register in the lobby?
Televisites certainly eliminate that for homeowners. The same can be said for pets who are more comfortable and behave better in their natural environment, especially if they struggle with aggression and anxiety.
âFor my patients who are very anxious, telehealth is much more about wellness,â Hopfensperger said. “I don’t have to stress them unnecessarily.”
2. It gives pet owners more options.
For those who have recently moved and are worried about having to find another vet, televisites can help solve this problem by allowing owners to stay in touch with the vet with whom they have established a trusting relationship.
It also allows owners to choose vets further away from their community.
âFor their owners who can live several hours apart, telehealth is much more convenient,â Hopfensperger said.
3. Televisits can help vets better assess pets.
Hopfensperger said she can get a more accurate history of customer information because pets and owners aren’t as stressed as they would be in a hospital, and she can see pets in their surroundings. natural.
âI am also able to easily treat comorbidities at the same time,â Hopfensperger said. âFor example, I can easily observe skin problems and observe an animal walk (to do a preliminary pain assessment) during a telehealth appointment. We can also discuss gastrointestinal or urinary issues, for example, then the owner can drop off a stool or urine sample for analysis.
Do you own an animal and now prefer televisites with your veterinarian? Or do you prefer to take tours in person? Let us know in the comments below.