COVID-19 and Your Pet

By March 13, 2020 March 19th, 2020 Blog

The novel coronavirus infection causing COVID-19 has escalated to pandemic status. According to Public Health Canada, cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ontario. Business, schools, and emergency rooms across the world are taking necessary precautions in attempts to curb the spread of this highly contagious virus.

In an effort to protect our staff and clients, Walker Road Animal Hospital is attempting to decrease traffic through the hospital.

As a result, Walker Road Animal Hospital will not be booking routine veterinary appointments starting Monday, March 16th until April 6th, 2020. We WILL continue to see and treat emergencies on a walk-in basis.

Please be advised we are no longer allowing clients into the hospital. Our doors are going to be locked 24/7. Clients can use the intercom, or call and are to be advised to wait in their car.

If you or any member of your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have recently traveled or have been in contact with anyone who has traveled, please inform our staff immediately.

If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency and you are feeling unwell, please try to have a friend or family member that does not live in your home, bring your pet in for veterinary care. If you are unable to have someone else bring your pet in on your behalf, please remain in your car when you arrive at our facility. Call our reception staff at 519-972-9000 and inform us of your current situation. This will allow our staff to ensure they are prepared with the appropriate personal protection equipment when evaluating and treating your pet.

If you have any additional questions about our response to COVID-19, please call Walker Road Animal Hospital at 519-972-9000.

Can my pet catch COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are divided into three groups, with many different strains of viruses that have been known to cause various diseases in a wide range of animal species. These diseases have been known for over 50 years, and are different from the emerging COVID-19 virus. While COVID-19 may have originally emerged from animal origin, the virus is being spread through person-to-person contact.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been no reports of animals or pets becoming sick with the COVID-19 virus. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including dogs, can spread the COVID-19 virus to humans. However, it is important to remember that other infectious diseases can be spread from animals to humans, and so it is always a good idea to practice good hygiene and wash your hands after handling animals.

The CDC is recommending that pet owners restrict their contact with their pets and other animals if they are experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, or if they are confirmed positive as a carrier of the virus.

As per the CDC:

“Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick.

If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.”

Walker Road Animal Hospital is committed to the wellbeing of our patients, clients, and staff. We appreciate your cooperation as we work hard to limit the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

For updated information on animals and COVID-19, please review the following websites and resources:

Centre for Disease Control
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq

Public Health Agency of Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/emerging-respiratory-pathogens/coronavirus-animals.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

World Health Organization
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Ontario Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.ovma.org/veterinarians/coronavirus-faq/

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