YOUR PET'S CARE AND COVID-19
Yesterday, the WHO has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, or people.
We wanted to share what we at Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic are doing to help maintain the health and safety of our clients, team members and patients.
Our main priority is your safety and uninterrupted veterinary care for your pets
We have outlined some recommendations below on how to prepare yourself and your pet for these trying and uncertain times.
WHAT WE ARE DOING:
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- We are cleaning our surfaces that are touched frequently, such as workstations, keyboards, doorknobs, countertops, and stethoscopes, front desk area often.
- We have placed alcohol-based hand sanitizers in multiple locations throughout the clinic, including exam rooms, front desk, office, and treatment rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
- Veterinary healthcare team members who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are asked to stay at home.
- We are stocking up our herbal and conventional pharmacies to prepare for possible interruptions in supplies from our vendors
- For now we are keeping regular business hours, but may need to adjust as appointment numbers drop and/or team members might need to stay home.
- We offer telemedicine (phone/video consults) for established clients and their pets who have been seen at our clinic for a physical exam within the past 12 months.
- We are offering housecalls on a case by case service.
- We can ship your pet's medications to you via USPS
Everyone should have an emergency plan for their pets anyway, even at the best of times. This includes:
- Putting together an emergency kit which includes your pet’s identification details (e.g. microchip), copies of their veterinary records, any medication they might need, and supplies such as pet food, cat litter, cleaning supplies, pee pads etc.
- Increasing the supplies listed above in case you have to self-quarantine. Your pets are likely going to be quarantined as well, for at least 14 days.
- Making arrangements with a friend, neighbor or family member to take care of your pets if you get sick or need to be hospitalized. Have a back-up plan in case they get sick too.
- It is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet if you get sick.
- If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet while you are sick, wear a face mask, don’t share food, don't kiss or hug your pet, and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.
- At a dog parks, don't pet other people's dogs and keep your distance to other folks (a minimum of 6 feet is recommended).