All Animal Care Clinic COVID19 News for April
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION HAVE CHANGED AND MAY HAVE TO CHANGE DAY TO DAY BASED ON THE NEEDS OF SICK PATIENTS — PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH FOR UPDATES.
IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL ALL ANIMAL CARE CLINIC AT 561-630-3908.
IF YOU HAVE A NON EMERGENCY CONCERN YOU MAY EMAIL email@example.com AND WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO GET BACK TO YOU QUICKLY.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the All Animal Care Clinic is taking upmost precautions to keep our clients, pets and our staff safe.
Currently we are opening our doors at 8 am and closing around 3pm pm on MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS — we close when the last sick pet has been treated. This may change day to day, so please call ahead. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we are now closed – and seeing real emergencies only.
We are doing our part so as not to overload the local ER clinics, but we want to be home just as you do.
Please, stay at home unless your work is “essential”! We are all responsible for each other’s safety. We are in this together. We are responsible for everyone’s health, particularly our beloved seniors. If we didn’t love your pets, we’d be at home, too! We see veterinary medical care as essential.
On March 23rd 2020, for your protection as well as ours, we instituted “Curbside Concierge Care”.
As I’ve noted before, I’ve never been so proud of my staff as I have been during our Curbside Care for their ability to adapt and provide care with the utmost professionalism and kindness. Despite the stress we all feel about this pandemic, our incredible team has somehow managed to make this fun. And our amazing clientele has greeted “Curbside Care” with appreciation for keeping everyone as safe as we can. Thank you for your kind understanding. Though social isolation is a must in these times, we’re all in this together, and together we will get through this.
As quick reminder, just what is our “Curbside Concierge Care”?
It means that all of the AACC staff will be wearing masks when they come to pick up our pet patients. Clients remain in the parking lot, typically in their cars so they can stay cool in their air conditioning of their cars.
We will keep our distance! The government recommends 6 feet and except for a hand off of a pet, we are adhering to this social distancing. After the curbside “drop off” of pets with one of our vet nurses, your pet comes into the clinic. We can chat with you via cell phone from the car or Dr Zuercher will come outside to chat with you – from a socially responsible distance: 6 feet away.
Our clinic will remain open during this period both to provide an essential service to our clients and because we are the first line of defense in the extremely unlikely event that this virus becomes an issue for pets. In answer to the many questions we’ve had from clients: here is the latest information from the CDC and the American Veterinary Medical Association :
There have been over 1 MILLION cases of COVID 19 in humans and no active cases in animals. Only three animals in the world have tested positive: a 17 year old Pomeranian and a 2 year old German Shepherd, both in China, that tested positive for the presence of the virus but presented no clinical signs. There has also been a cat that tested positive who also belonged to a COVID 19 patient. These 2 dogs and the Belgium cat tested positive but showed no illness related to COVID 19.
PLEASE DO NOT FEAR your pets! “While 2 dogs (Hong Kong) and 1 cat (Belgium) have been reported to have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people,” the American Veterinary Medical Association reports on its website. The AVMA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend taking normal precautions when cleaning litter boxes and feeding animals.
The virus can only live on a pet’s fur for 6 to 12 hours per the American Veterinary Medical Association because their fur is a porous surface. The AVMA is looking into such concerns. It only makes sense that you shouldn’t have strangers pet your dog when you go for a walk. If YOU test positive, please practice social distancing with your pet just as you would a human.
Do you treat wildlife; I have an older bunny hiding under one of my bushes. I feed her but
she looks ravaged. Little fur on her head; she limps to move and her white little tail is dragging on the ground. But she moves.