I know we are all concerned for our loved ones during this time of the corona virus pandemic. I thought it would be a good idea to take a minute to discuss our furry, four-legged family members. We are being asked many questions about their role in the COVID-19, and whether or not our pets can be infected or transmit this specific virus.
The current corona virus that we are all concerned about is transmitted from person-to-person. At this time, there are no cases where pets were suspected of transmitting this virus by carrying it on their coat. There are several foreign media reports stating that the COVID-19 was transmitted from a person to their pet. These reports included two dogs in Hong Kong and one cat in Belgium. Neither dogs had signs of illness, but the cat did have symptoms of respiratory and digestive disease. It is not yet known if the symptoms were caused by COVID-19.
The most reliable sources for this subject are the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Small Animal Veterinary Medical Association. All three of these organizations state that the risk of infection from domestic pets is minimal. There is no indication that pets should be quarantined, surrendered, or abandoned.
Please visit the following website by The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (COVID-19 and Animals | College of Veterinary Medicine). They have provided excellent information on this subject in much more detail. In the meantime, as we are all at home more, enjoy your pets! There is no relationship and love like the one we have with them. They can help us by decreasing blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. At the very least, we just get to smile a lot more with them!
We offer both preventative care services (much like your visits to the dentist), along with dental x-rays and tooth extractions. Good oral hygiene is the best thing that you can do to ensure a longer life, with less health concerns, for your pet. Call us to schedule a dental exam or service.x
Laboratory services are a vital part of the diagnostic process when it comes to veterinarian care. This is because in many cases it is not possible to be able to give a firm diagnosis without undertaking additional tests to confirm the root of the problem. If you have any questions or concerns your vet will be happy to speak to you.x
This is the most effective way to assist in having your companion returned if they go missing. The microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. When scanned, it provides information that assists in reuniting you with your furry friend!x
Congratulations on the newest member of your household - we can’t wait to meet them! Call us today to schedule an initial visit – our team will conduct a thorough physical exam, in addition to discussing nutrition, training, and medical care. We’ll be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have, as wellx