ORRINGTON — Struggling to schedule an appointment for your new pet? There’s a reason why.
As the pandemic continues, more and more people are looking for furry friends to keep them company.
But, the influx of adoptions has created the perfect storm of animals needing help and not enough veterinarians to help them.
“It’s been tough. We’ve been seeing a lot more appointments than we usually would,” said Dr. Jonathan Flash of Brewer Veterinary Clinic. “We are always squeezing in the overflows.”
Most clinics had to adjust to curb-side service to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
“The time that it takes has increased because it’s quite a hassle,” said Katie Rohan, manager of River Road Veterinary Clinic. “You arrive, then you call, then you talk to someone, then you have to check-in. The technician comes out, then we burrow your furry friend for a while.”
Other clinics are experiencing the same problem.
Dr. Taryn Haller of Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic said many new pet owners have been frustrated since the start of the pandemic.
“It was really hard for everybody to try to get everybody in because you have all these new clients on top of your long-standing clients who also need care and help,” said Haller. “We are trying to balance both of those, which can be really challenging.”
Haller encouraged pet owners to head over to Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic if their veterinarian is backed up.
“Keep in mind if you have a 6-hour wait at the emergency clinic, it’s because they are truly busy and you’re pretty lucky if you have to wait that long,” said Haller.