The vet professionals on the Petzey Network are able to provide advice and consultation only. They are not able to diagnose, recommend treatment or prescribe any medications.
While all of the vet professionals on the Petzey network are licensed veterinarians or licensed veterinary technicians, in order to render a formal diagnosis or treatment protocol or prescribe medication to a Pet Parent or its pet, a veterinarian must have established a valid VCPR which in most states requires a physical in-person examination.
The rules surrounding the VCPR requirements are always changing and you can expect each licensed vet professional will operate within those rules as they engage with you.
Of course, you should always bring your pet directly to veterinarian if you believe your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, if the pet appears in pain, if there appears to be a risk of injury to human or animal, or when otherwise needed.