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Dog Belden gets his nails trimmed at a Paws and Claws community clinic. (Photo courtesy of Katherine Selmer-Moseley)

Southeast Alaskan towns like Haines and Skagway often attract adventurous people and their adventurous pets. But with news of a major veterinary clinic closing in Juneau and border restrictions making it difficult to travel to Canadian vets, caring for those pets can be costly and time-consuming. KHNS’s Mike Swasey spoke with Katherine Selmer-Moseley of Skagway’s Paws and Claws Animal Shelter to learn about pet care options in Upper Lynn Canal.


swaseyLet’s start with the Animal Medical Center of Southeast Alaska. They are closing. And that’s one less option for pet owners in the upper Lynn Canal. Can you explain to us what kind of options pet owners have here in Haines and Skagway?

Selmer-Moseley – Southeast Animal Medical Center is not currently accepting new clients. So if you’re already a customer there, I think they’ll try to get you in, but you know, they’re very understaffed with only two vets. And then the other two veterinary clinics Tongass Veterinarians Y Juneau Veterinary Hospital They’re both in a similar boat, you know, same thing for those vet clinics trying to get an appointment, you’re looking at like two months just for the routine spaying, you know, or the vaccination appointment.

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