The health of our clients, our patients and our team remains the All Animal Care Clinic’s top priority. At this time, we remain open to all patients. We are here for you and your animals.
In view of the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our state, coupled with the K-12 school closings, and many questions from our concerned clients, we have decided to communicate directly with you, our clients and friends.
Here’s what we know: Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that companion animals can spread COVID-19 and they have received no reports of any local pets becoming sick with the virus. The virus originated from an animal source but is now being spread person-to-person. That said, if you are sick with COVID-19, it is advised to restrict contact with pets and other animals. If you must care for a pet while sick, please wash your hands before and after, and wear a facemask.
The CDC also says that it has no evidence of imported animals or animal products pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19. Any imported pets or other animals must undergo typical CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements and before entering the country.
The AACC is taking all necessary precautions to keep every human and animal in our community safe during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (561) 630-3908.
HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW:
- There are 7 different types of coronaviruses. The CDC doesn’t believe this strain, COVID-19, can be transmitted to domestic animals.
- At present, infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations (CDC, OIE, WHO) agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.
- Understanding about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and its impact on humans and animals, will continue to evolve. If circumstances change and new information becomes available, it will be shared with the public immediately.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE:
- When handling and caring for animals, basic hygienic precautions should always be implemented. This includes hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking, or sharing food.
- Include your pets in your family’s emergency preparedness planning.
- Make sure you have a two-week supply of food and medication on hand for your pets.
- It is recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 limit contact with companion and other animals until more information is known about the virus and how we may transmit it to them.
- If you are concerned or notice a change in your pet, speak to your veterinarian.
- If you think your pet is sick, or if your pet becomes injured, call us before you bring your pet in. We are among the many veterinary practices which have implemented increased safety precautions, and these are continually evolving as we learn more about this virus. For the safety of you and your pet, it’s best you’re aware of these procedures before you come in.
- And the most important protection of all: under no circumstances should you abandon your dogs, cats, or other pets because of COVID-19 fears.