COVID-19 Update

With coronavirus, or COVID-19, dominating the headlines, you may 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 novel virus. Its origin is still under investigation, and whether pets can actually contract it is still a matter of debate. (There was a case in Hong Kong of a weak positive test in a dog, but according to numerous news sources, pets can carry but are not susceptible to the disease.)

Now that cases of COVID-19 are being reported in the U.S., 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 and closely follows the guidelines put forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

 

  • 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 difficulty 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. As the disease progresses around the globe, pharmaceuticals may be hard to come by; in the event of a home quarantine situation, you don’t want to run out.
  • As a veterinary hospital, we are considered an essential business and will be here to attend to your pets’ needs. Be open to explore our TeleMedicine services.

 

Bottom line? Plan ahead, be responsible and don’t panic. If you’d like more information about COVID-19 and pets, check out this article from the American Medical Veterinary Association. Keep in mind you’re always welcome to contact us at Worth Street Veterinary Center with questions or concerns.

 

 

-Dr. Francisco DiPolo, DVM, CVA, CCRT

Medical Director & CEO

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