Chewy launches virtual vet visits as pandemic fuels pet boom
Chewy’s “Connect with a Vet.”
Many Americans have had a virtual visit with a doctor during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, Chewy is launching a telehealth service for pets.
Starting Wednesday, the online pet product’s customers can get advice in real time from a licensed veterinarian about their dogs or cats. The service, “Connect-with-a-Vet,” is free for customers who are part of Autoship, the company’s subscription program that automatically ships deliveries of food or other pet goods.
Chewy CEO Sumit Singh said the company had already started to think about a pet telehealth service, but speeded up its development as the pandemic created a greater need. More Americans are adopting and fostering pets during the global health crisis. At the same time, vet clinics have faced temporary shutdowns, reduced hours or limited pet visits per day to allow social distancing. …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]