COVID - 19 UPDATE
With the report of 2 house cats testing positive for COVID-19, there have been many concerned owners asking questions. Here is what we know to date:
-The 2 cats were unrelated and in different households. Both had mild respiratory symptoms and are expected to make a full recovery. Both are believed to have been infected after contact with an infected human.
-From the CDC: "... there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus..." "At this time, routine testing of animals is not recommended."
"State animal health and public health officials will take the lead in making determinations about whether animals should be tested for SARS-CoV-2." "If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people."
-They also recommend minimizing contact of your pet with other pets. In other words, your pets should practice social distancing, too!
-Current evidence suggests that you are more of a threat to your pet than they are to you in regards to Covid-19 infection.
-Very specific criteria must be met, along with consultation with the public health authorities, before any testing can be done on a pet. Please don't request elective testing if your pet is not symptomatic and has not had exposure to a human who has Covid-19. A battery of other tests are required to be run to rule out more common pathogens before the Covid test would be run.
We will continue to post updates as more information becomes available.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, and the need to keep our staff and clients safe while still providing necessary care to our patients, the following protocols have been instituted.
-All elective and non-urgent visits are being postponed until further notice.
- Saturday hours have been suspended for the time being.
-All appointments and procedures will done by curbside drop off and pickup only. To be clear, you will be greeted at the car, and only the pet will be allowed in the hospital. All information will be gathered either at dropoff or over the phone. Your pet will be examined,diagnosed and treated, then returned to you curbside.
-All prescription and food requests will be handled similarly. Please call first with any requests, and you will be called when it is ready for pickup and for payment to be arranged. Please call from the car when you arrive and a staff member will bring it to your car.
-While this may be frustrating for those who wish to accompany their pet, please realize that this is the only way we can stay open and available, while keeping our staff safe and to minimize the spread of this virus. The more stringent we are now, the sooner we can get past this.
-THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS! The doors will be locked and only employees will have access.
-We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time.
If you are unsure if your pet needs to be seen or what options we can provide, or if you have any questions, please call us! 561 833-8552
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