The COVID-19 pandemic has upended just about every aspect of our daily lives. This crisis has caused concern among pet owners about caring for their furry friends. We want to share these three facts to help you and your pet stay safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.
#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. 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. You can read more about our COVID-19 protocols here.
We are excited to offer telehealth through the GuardianVets app! Telehealth visits provide even greater flexibility for pet families. This technology also allows for conversations amongst family members in multiple locations and provides the opportunity for all involved to ask questions and provide feedback in the decision making process.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help in any way we can. Stay safe!