Growing trend of people using 'cyber vets' to help their pets

WXYZPublished: September 11, 2017
Published: September 11, 2017

Do you own a pet and wish you had a way to get answers about health issues right from your living room?  Like your own personal vet? The new trend: Websites offering easy access to “live” animal medical professionals via online chat, text or phone. Pet owner Tracy Skrasek used one after she walked into her bathroom one night and got a horrifying surprise. Her dogs had chewed up her prescription drugs. “I noticed it was my thyroid medication and of course panic, complete panic set in,” said Skrasek. Her regular vet was closed, so she jumped online and called a website offering round the clock phone help. For $59, she got advice from a vet tech on how to tell if her pets were in trouble.

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