Many Americans have had a virtual visit with a doctor during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, Chewy is launching a telehealth service for pets. Vets offer guidance and can refer the pet to an emergency clinic if needed, but wont diagnose a condition or prescribe medication.
Do Online vets work?
Online veterinarians can do a good job helping ease worry and stress for pet parents who are concerned that something is wrong with their pet. However, there are still many cases when its important to seek out in-person veterinarian care, including emergencies.
Can I get antibiotics for my dog without seeing a vet?
No. Its a matter of both good medical practice and of state & federal laws. The time since last exam may vary by state, but a valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) must be established, and be current enough that the doctor is comfortably knowledgeable about your pets health.