Vet Shortages Are the Latest Wrinkle in the Pandemic Puppy Boom

Published on: Nov 8, 2021

veterinarians examining x-rays in office
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The lobby of Kronenwetter Veterinary Care in Kronenwetter, a Wisconsin village of about 8,000 people, is empty. But don’t be fooled by the echoing hallways: The clinic has never been busier.

Outside, cars packed with pet patients and their owners wait to be called for their appointments. Dr. Chris Bleifuss, head veterinarian, stands next to the open door of an SUV discussing glucose test results after returning Catword, a 15-year-old orange tabby, to his family.

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