As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, we want to assure you that we remain open and committed to caring for your pets. Here are three helpful things we want pet owners to know.
#1: Rely on reputable sources for current COVID-19 information
While you can turn to Facebook for insider information on where to find toilet paper, avoid using social media as your main source about COVID-19. Instead, rely on major animal and human health organizations for the most current, accurate research about this evolving situation. A few reputable sources include:
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
#2: There is no evidence to indicate pets can become ill with COVID-19
A major veterinary diagnostic laboratory tested thousands of canine and feline samples for COVID-19 when validating a veterinary test, but found no positive results. Additionally, the CDC and WHO have received zero reports of a pet who was ill from COVID-19. Based on the current evidence, health officials have declared there is no indication that pets can become sick from COVID-19. So, your coughing dog is likely not sick with COVID-19, but another disease, such as kennel cough, congestive heart failure, or a collapsing trachea.
#3: We’re taking every precaution to protect you and our team while still keeping your pet healthy
As a vital part of the health care community, we will remain open and continue to provide important medical care for your pet. As this situation continues to unfold, we may make protocol changes to protect everyone involved.
As news of the Coronavirus spreads throughout our community, we want you to know that we are taking the necessary steps to ensure your safety as well as your pets here in the clinic. As a precaution, we are double cleaning and disinfecting. In addition, we are practicing social distancing per CDC recommendations and offering curbside appointments.
If your furry friend needs medical treatment, we are still here to provide the highest standards of care. Please contact us about our current operating policies before you head out. Stay safe!