Coronavirus & Your Pets
Let's talk about Coronavirus!
COVID-19, the strain of Coronavirus currently making the rounds, is a respiratory infection. The symptoms include a dry cough, a fever, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. There have been a few news reports that have suggested our pets are at risk of contracting COVID-19, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has also released a statement saying, "At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19." Can dogs contract Coronavirus? Canine Coronavirus is not the same as COVID-19. Canine Coronavirus presents as an intestinal infection, with sudden diarrhea (often orange in color, or coated with mucus), lethargy and inappetance. Canine Coronavirus is usually contracted through fecal transmission - meaning that a healthy dog consumes, licks or sniffs the fecal matter of an infected dog. It is treated with supportive care, and it is not transmissible to humans. There is a vaccine that protects against some strains of Canine Coronavirus, but just like the flu vaccine for humans, this vaccine does not protect dogs against all strains of Coronavirus. For this reason, and because Canine Coronavirus is rare in our community, we do not carry the Canine Coronavirus vaccine. Can cats contract Coronavirus? Feline Coronavirus is not the same as COVID-19. Feline Coronavirus can lead to a fatal disease called Feline Infectious Peritonitis (or FIP). It can lie dormant for many months/years before developing into FIP, and unfortunately, FIP is fatal. Feline Coronavirus usually starts as nasal discharge and then develops into FIP. The only preventative measure you can take against Feline Coronavirus is to keep your cat indoors.
We currently have no reason to believe that our pets are at risk.
Some news reports are calling for pets to be quarantined with their humans, but this is not because the pets might fall ill. The intention behind quarantining pets is to prevent the pet from sharing it's owner's infection with someone else. While a pet could, in theory, spread the infection from one human to another human... it is incredibly unlikely. But what about me and the people around me? First and foremost - please follow your doctor's recommendations, especially if you are immuno-compromised or a member of a high risk population. If you feel it is necessary to cancel your pet's appointment because you do not want to risk exposure to the general public (or if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms like a fever or dry cough), please cancel or reschedule your appointment with us. We do charge a $20 fee for all "No Shows." This means that if you fail to notify us BEFORE your appointment that you will not be keeping that appointment, you will be charged a fee. If you call us ahead of time - even just twenty minutes ahead of time! - we will waive this fee. We do this in an effort to encourage our clients to give us notice, that way we have the opportunity to give their appointment away to someone else. Our appointments are in high demand these days, and we often have a wait list. What are you doing in-clinic to fight COVID-19? Rest assured, our infectious disease control policies are strict. Our primary cleanser is Rescue - a hydrogen peroxide based cleanser that protects against Coronavirus, as well as Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper virus, Enterococcus, Microsporum Canis, Streptococcus, Trichophyton (Ringworm) and more. We use this between every appointment and wipe down every surface at the end of each day. This was our policy before the COVID-19 outbreak, and will remain our policy long after. In the meantime, we will be DILIGENT.