From the trenches: Veterinary musings from a pandemic-rattled brain

Treating pets in the new normal

Patty Khuly, VMD, MBA, practices social distancing while taking a dog from its owner's car to be examined.

It’s difficult to explain how I feel, but I’m fairly certain you can relate. It’s like I’m being asked to perform all my normal functions as a veterinarian, practice owner, mother, and parental caretaker from beneath a thick layer of practical wariness while wrapped in a smothering blanket of fear.

It’s all so different––so suddenly––that I haven’t had a proper chance to process it. I awake every day to find the game has changed, variables have been added, and assumptions altered. It’s like playing a game where all the pieces get continually rearranged and the rules are always changing. It wouldn’t be so bad except the stakes kee...


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