Long Lines Persist at the Vet as a Stressful Profession Copes With Shortages

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When a cyst on Aaron Bady’s dog, Pequod, started bleeding a few months ago, the Oakland, Calif., magazine editor says he called seven or eight animal hospitals and couldn’t get an appointment anytime soon. He ended up landing a spot with his old vet in Sacramento and driving the 9-year-old bichon frisé an hour-and-a-half for an exam.

“Getting him seen was a nightmare,” said Mr. Bady, 43 years old. Pequod still had to wait another three weeks for an operation, with the wound oozing gunk the whole time, Mr. Bady said.

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