For those who need veterinary care but are worried about exposure, we are offering parking lot service effective immediately. This means you can call in and schedule your appointment as usual — just let the receptionist know your want this service, call us from your vehicle when you arrive, and we will send an attendant out to pickup your pet and obtain the necessary information from you. You will be connected with the doctor via phone after the exam, and once completed, an attendant will bring your pet back to you. You never leave the comfort of your vehicle!
With coronavirus, or COVID-19, dominating the headlines, you might be wondering, “How does this affect me and my pet?” The truth is, we don’t know everything about this novel virus. Presently, it does not appear to readily infect our canine and cat family members and that there is no known transmission of this virus by our furry companions.
Now that cases of COVID-19/Coronavirus are being reported in the U.S. and our communities specifically, the main objective is to prevent the disease’s spread, and there are several steps you can take to minimize its impact on your family. Our advice to our pet parent clients is very similar to that of what your primary physician might recommend for the flu, and follows closely the guidelines put forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Small Animal Association’s One Health Committee:
Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence to indicate our pets can become ill with COVID1-/Corona, or that they spread it to other animals or humans. Currently there is no vaccines for this virus, human or animal.
It is recommended that those feeling ill should follow the same protocol as for the flu: Have another member in your household take care of the walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. Do not share food, kiss your pet, or hug them. And, wash your hands before and after contact with them. If you are sneezing and coughing, wear a face mask.
Bottom line? Plan ahead, be responsible, and don’t panic. If you’d like more information about COVID 19 and pets, follow this link.
You’re also always welcome to contact us at 503-636-2102 with questions or concerns.
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