COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATE
With the recent shelter-in-place order issued for our community, we wanted to take a moment to let you know that we are open and here for you and your pet! Your pet’s health is our top priority and our dedicated doctors and staff are available to provide essential veterinary services while we all work together to keep our community safe. Please contact our team for more information
As our community continues to work together to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we’d like to take a moment to provide you with an update on the precautions our hospital is taking to ensure the safety of our patients, clients and employees.
Hospital Cleaning Protocol & Staff Illness
Our hospital continues to observe the CDC’s recommendations on disease prevention, handwashing and cleaning protocols, as well as guidance on managing staff members who are displaying flu-like symptoms and/or have tested positive for COVID-19.
Clients Affected by COVID-19
If you or a member of your household have tested positive for COVID-19, are displaying flu-like symptoms and/or have traveled to a high-risk area within the past 14 days, we ask that you please contact us as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment and discuss your pet’s treatment options. Additionally, if your pet is in need of a prescription medication or food refill, please contact us to discuss our current pick-up protocol.
COVID-19 Risks for Pets
You may have heard that 2 cats in New York have tested positive for COVID – 19. Additionally, some big cats at the Bronx Zoo were positive. One pug from a household of people in North Carolina also tested positive, but was not very sick. Currently, veterinarians, virologists and epidemiologists are trying to determine how big of a concern this is. It appears that cats and dogs aren’t the primary host of the disease, meaning they don’t catch it as easily, and they don’t get as sick as people do from the novel coronavirus. The pug had very low levels of virus, so the researchers at Duke University don’t think he could have transmitted the disease to people or animals. Idexx, a veterinary laboratory, has been testing all their respiratory samples that have been submitted over recent months in cats and dogs and haven’t had any positive cases. At this point, it is believed that no humans have contracted COVID-19 from pets. So, the current recommendation from the CDC and AVMA is to not worry about getting COVID-19 from your pet, but to continue to use social distancing from other humans who are the risk. It is not recommended to test pets at this time. If these recommendations change, we will keep you informed.
Research is continually underway and we encourage clients to continue to monitor the situation via the AVMA (www.avma.org) or CDC (www.cdc.gov) websites.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.