Why can’t veterinarian advise, diagnose and /or prescribe over the phone and save me a whole lot of time and money?

Not only it is unethical and illegal to prescribe for an animal that hasn’t been physically examined by a veterinarian.It is also impossible to come up with an accurate diagnosis and rational plan of treatment.

A veterinarian can’t make a diagnosis based on symptoms only as observed by the owner. The outward signs may be an indication of any number of internal causes with a wide variety of clinical treatments. A complete physical exam and other diagnostic tests are required to determine the cause of the symptom and best course of treatment.