We understand that this is a stressful time with the COVID-19 pandemic. To help keep you and your pet safe and healthy during this time, check out these three facts.
#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. We have already put the following in place:
- Adjusted hours — We are now open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm as well as Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. We are closed on Sundays.
- Curbside appointments — All clients are to remain in their cars. Please call 845-592-4463 when you arrive, and we will complete a history over the phone. Pet will be brought into the building by staff, and clients must remain in cars. A doctor will call to discuss a treatment plan. Payment will be done over the phone as well.
- Increased sanitation — We have increased our already rigorous sanitation routines and are more frequently wiping down doorknobs, counters, and commonly used items.
Our team is taking all precautions to keep our community and pets safe. Contact us about our current operating policies before you head out. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time.