The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted just about every single aspect of our lives. Here are three facts we want to share with pet owners during this unprecedented crisis.
#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. Here are a few changes already in effect:
- Curbside service — When you arrive for a scheduled appointment, please remain in your vehicle and maintain the suggested minimum of 5 feet of social distance. DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING. Call the office, 408-356-2181, and let us know you are in the parking lot. We will send staff to you for discussion, and your pet will be taken into the hospital for treatment while you remain in your vehicle. You will be fully informed of any actions taken, and nothing will be done without your full knowledge and consent.
- Increased sanitation — We have increased our already rigorous sanitation routines, and are more frequently wiping down doorknobs, counters, and commonly used items.
You can read more about our COVID-19 protocols here.
Stay safe and healthy! Please contact us with any questions or concerns!