We are Opening Our Doors Again!!
We are so excited to see you !!
Starting Tuesday, May 26th, we are inviting you
to choose between remaining in your car
while your pets come inside for the appointment or entering the building with your pets.
We ask that you continue to call us on the phone
when you arrive, and then wait to be invited
to come inside.
We will be spacing your appointment
so that only one client is in the lobby.
We will be taking you and your pet into the exam room
and not having you wait in the lobby.
In order to social distance, we are allowing only one person to accompany their pet (1 person/1 pet).
Multiple pet appointments will require all pets to accompany one person. Pets can be brought into the clinic one-at-a-time for the same appointment or
multiple appointments can be scheduled.
Clients are welcomed to wear a mask.
All staff will be wearing masks.
Any questions, please call us at 920-781-5057
(Information from the AVMA)
Pets in homes with owners with COVID-19
There has been reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19, but as of yet, no indication that pets can transmit COVID-19 to people. (Details of the story can be read further down this page. We also keep posting up-to-date information on our Facebook page.) Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
If you are ill with COVID-19 have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with your pet or service animal. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. Additional guidance on managing pets in homes where people are sick with COVID-19 is available from the CDC.
Keeping pets safe
For responsible pet owners, preparing in advance is key. Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, with at least two weeks’ worth of your pet’s food and any needed medications. Usually we think about emergency kits like this in terms of what might be needed for an evacuation, but it’s also good to have one prepared in the case of quarantine or self-isolation when you cannot leave your home.
Keeping People Safe
There is currently no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.
A pug living in North Carolina has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, becoming the first known dog in North America to be diagnosed with the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.
The animal, Winston, lives in a home with three people who have tested positive for novel coronavirus, TIME reports. It is believed the dog, who the family says has since recovered, became infected through human contact.
“To our knowledge, this is the first instance in which the virus has been detected in a dog,” says the study’s principal investigator, Chris Woods, MD. “Little additional information is known at this time as we work to learn more about the exposure.”
Winston’s family is participating in an ongoing research study examining how the body responds to infection. The mother, father, and son tested positive for COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, the study, Molecular and Epidemiological Study of Suspected Infection (MESSI), has focused on people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Another member of the household has since tested negative for the virus, along with a second dog and a cat, reports Reuters.
The news follows last week’s announcement that two domestic cats in New York State tested positive for SARS-CoV-19. Like Winston, it is believed the felines contracted the virus through contact with infected humans.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated, at this time, there is no evidence suggesting pets can transmit COVID-19 to humans, adding more testing is needed to understand how different animals could be affected by the virus.
Until more is known, CDC recommends the following:
- Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
- Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
- Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least six feet from other people and animals.
- Avoid dog parks or public places where groups of people and dogs gather.
Additionally, if you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with pets just as you would with people. Specifically:
- Have another member of your household care for your pets, when possible.
- Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a face mask and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.