With coronavirus dominating the news headlines, you might be wondering – How does this affect me and my pet? The truth is, there is still a great deal we don’t know about this new virus. Its origin is still under investigation, and whether-or-not the virus can be passed from people to pets (and vice versa) is still a matter of debate.
As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases across the United States, the main objective is to prevent the spread of the disease, and there are several steps you can take to minimize its impact on your family.
Our advice to pet parents is very similar to that of what your primary physician might recommend and follows closely the guidelines put forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Prevention and Preparation:
Wash your hands often and thoroughly, particularly after touching animals.
If at all possible, avoid people who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. These include coughing, sneezing, and trouble breathing.
If you’re sick, stay home, and try to avoid close contact with your pet while you’re symptomatic.
Stock up on your pet’s medication and food. As the disease progresses around the globe, pharmaceuticals might be hard to come by and in the event of a home quarantine situation, you don’t want to run out of your pet’s medication or food, especially if your dog or cats rely on a prescription diet. Visit our online pharmacy to place an order or contact us at (936) 271-9300 for a refill.
Skip the face masks. They don’t really protect you from the virus, and it’s crucial that protective gear be reserved for people who really need it, like healthcare workers who regularly come in direct contact with the sick.
Coronavirus and Pets:
Currently, there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected with or spread COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated by the CDC as it becomes available.
The canine coronavirus vaccines are only effective in protecting dogs against an enteric (intestinal) coronavirus infection and is not licensed for protection against respiratory coronavirus infections in dogs. This vaccine DOES NOT provide cross-protection against COVID-19.
We Offer Curbside and Drop-Off Services
At Forest Crossing Animal Hospital, we understand that clients may be hesitant to interact with the general public and are choosing to practice social distancing in order to minimize their contact with the coronavirus. We respect this decision and encourage these clients to take advantage of our convenient curbside and drop-off services if their pet is in need of care during this time.
We ask that you please call as you are arriving and an FCAH team member will meet you and your pet in the parking lot at your car. Please remain in your car unless otherwise instructed. The team member will collect your pet to be taken inside for exam and treatment.
We ask that you remain in your car in the parking lot unless otherwise instructed. Please be prepared to answer your phone so that our team can obtain a history and our doctor can talk with you during the exam. We will go over any recommendations over the phone. Once a plan has been reached we will complete treatment(s). Once the examination and treatments are complete, a team member will collect payment over the phone via debit/credit card. After this transaction is complete we will bring your pet, any medications/foods, and discharge paperwork back to you at your car. Receipts and discharge paperwork can also be emailed if that is your preferred method.
With our drop-off service, you drop off your pet at our hospital for treatments and services and schedule a time with our staff to pick them up later that day. This new protocol means less time waiting in the lobby and minimal interactions with the public and staff at our hospital. If you would like to arrange a drop-off appointment for your pet, please contact us directly at (936) 271-9300
What’s the bottom line for Coronavirus? Plan ahead, be responsible and don’t panic. If you’d like more information about COVID-19 and pets, read this article from the American Medical Veterinary Association. AAHA has also provided helpful information on the disease, which can be found here.
Lastly, you are always welcome to contact us at (936) 271-9300 with questions or concerns.