Why Your Veterinary Appointment Wait Times Have Grown

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If you’ve noticed that it takes significantly longer to get your pet in to see their veterinarian these days, you aren’t alone. The Coronavirus pandemic has affected pretty much everything, and longer veterinary appointment wait times throughout the country are no exception.

At East Sacramento Veterinary Center we consider ourselves your partners in pet care. We truly empathize with the frustration that comes from having to book appointments out farther than you’re used to! We’re hoping that by explaining the reasons behind this phenomenon, and what you can do about it on your end, will help us get us all back on track sooner rather than later.

So, Why the Wait?

Veterinary hospitals everywhere have implemented important, but time consuming, safety measures such as curbside drop-offs and pick-ups. These naturally increase the times needed for each appointment, and reduce the number of appointments that can occur in a typical day or week. As we continue to work out the kinks in our daily operations, these t

Another reason for longer veterinary appointment wait times is the overall increase in pet ownership across the country. The major uptick in pet adoptions is wonderful, but all of these new pets need veterinary care, and more patients means longer wait times.

Spending more time at home with our pets is another positive outcome of the pandemic, but it has led to an increase in veterinary appointments as people pay closer attention to potential problems affecting their furry friends. Suddenly that bump on Fido’s back or Fluffy’s perpetually water eyes are a much bigger concern than ever before, leading to more and more people calling in for appointments.

What You Can do About Longer Veterinary Appointment Wait Times

The best thing you can do for your pet is to make appointments for them as soon as you notice a problem and to stick to their annual wellness examination schedule as much as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our staff. We will be happy to work with you to find an appointment time that works best for you, and to assist you in the event of a serious issue or medical emergency.

Here’s to a new year, and a fresh start for pets and people alike!