Innovations for veterinarians and pet care amid coronavirus

The FDA has loosened regulations to allow veterinarians to use telemedicine and prescribe drugs without direct examinations or visits.
2:35 | 03/26/20

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Back now on "Gma," and as we navigate the challenges of covid-19, innovations like telemedicine can help so many who need medical assistance, and not just people. What happens when pets need care at a time when their humans need to practice social distancing? Becky Worley is in San Francisco with the answer to that. Good morning, Becky. Reporter: Good morning, the fda and the American veterinary medicine association just announcing relaxed regulations on veterinary telemedicine making it easier for pet owners to get help for man's best friend. This is our dog, frisky and playful, but yesterday he stepped on some glass and cut his paw. I placed a facetime call to the doctor. He was running on the trail, and he must have stepped on glass because the little pad right above his claw and front paw got sliced. Normally a call like this would necessitate a previous relationship and a physical relationship from the vet, but these are not normal times. The fda loosening regulations. Vets like Freiman can help us. There are some things you can do at home. Reporter: For those pets that have ongoing medical conditions, this vet access is critical. He's got what's called a pulmonary edema. Reporter: James and his 8-year-old terrier have been using tell medicine for awhile. Being able to do this through chat and photos and even video is a great plus. Reporter: And another change, the fda allowing veterinarians to prescribe drugs without direct examination or making visits to their patients which will limit human to human interaction. The American veterinary medical association does say pet owners should start by contacting their own vet and communicating remotely with them. Another option some vets are offering, contactless service. Doggy dropoff. The consult between the owner and the doctors are done via phone. Wireless payment before the leash is handed back, technology meant to save time may end up saving lives, Michael. Which is a great thing, and Becky, we have to ask you. Akamai? How did you come up with that? It means -- it means smart in hawaiian. Sometimes he lives up to it, but maybe he and Enzo could have a play date, and we could figure out who is the brain child. When social distancing is over, the dogs are getting together. We'll come to Hawaii for that. How about that? Liking it. Thanks, Becky. Coming up here on "Gma,"

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