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Walmart adding walk-in veterinary clinics to stores

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Posted at 11:46 AM, May 07, 2019

(WXYZ) — Grab items off your grocery list and get Fido a quick check-up.

Walmart is set to expand walk-in veterinary clinics to more store locations. Essentials PetCare announced Tuesday clinics will be headed to nine stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.

The veterinary clinics are scheduled to open later this month and in June.

The company’s clinics provide routine vaccinations and treatment for a variety of minor illnesses, such as ear infections, common skin conditions, and urinary issues. More serious ailments and surgeries are referred to full-service veterinary hospitals in the surrounding community.

“We are thrilled to be working with Essentials to expand veterinary care at Walmart stores,” said Marilee McInnis, director for Walmart Corporate Affairs. “Pets play an important role in many people’s lives, and making sure families have easy access to high-quality, affordable veterinary care is in-line with helping our customers save money and live better, including their four-legged family members.”

The lack of basic veterinary care can lead to significant increases in serious and sometimes fatal disease, unnecessary suffering, and premature death, according to Essentials PetCare.

Untreated zoonotic diseases can also be passed to humans and pose particular health risks to pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people with weakened immune systems.

No word yet on whether the concept is headed for Michigan.