Pets are helping Americans cope during a year full of uncertainty, but that uncertainty also includes how to best care for a sick pet amid a pandemic.

Veterinarians across the country have adopted new safety measures affecting how they care for sick and healthy pets, and that has contributed to reports of delays and long wait times, which have circulated for months.

In August, Dr. Cynthia Maro wrote a column in the Beaver County (Pa.) Times, part of the USA TODAY Network, saying emergency clinics were seeing wait times of up to 8 hours. Appointments were scheduled 3 to 6 weeks in advance, she wrote.

Some clinics continue to see major delays, according to Christina Lopes, CEO of FidoCure, a medicine for dogs with cancer that can be administered from home. Read more…

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