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‘The calls keep coming’: Pet owners face long waits, and vet staff are burned out

Henry the cat sits in a ventilated box inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber in the emergency room at the Animal Medical Center of Seattle in Shoreline on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. The cat has irritable bowel syndrome and the machine increases tissue oxygenation, helps with anti-inflammation and supports tissue regeneration. 

The COVID-19 pandemic caused new problems or exacerbated underlying issues facing the vet industry. Throughout the region and nationally, there are long waits for appointments, high staff turnover and burnout, and tense environments. VIEW

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