A Letter from Your Veterinarian at CityPaws Animal Hospital on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Dear CityPaws Family,
As communities respond to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and there is increased awareness around staying healthy, we wanted to reach out to let you know about the measures we are taking at both of our CityPaws locations, and ask for your help in preventing the spread of germs.
While our patient’s safety and well-being are at the core of what we do every day, our pet owners (you!) are important to us as well. With the growing concerns of the Coronavirus, we are committed to maintaining a clean environment. We have expanded the use of disinfectants to have frequent office-wide cleaning throughout the day.
According to CDC guidelines we would like to ask you to join us in taking a few extra safety steps:
- Thorough and sudsy handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially after contacting public door handles and other common surfaces
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs
- If you are personally experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath or fever, please plan to stay at home. We understand that your pet may be in need of medical care and we will work with you to find a solution to providing you with the care they need.
As the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to emerge, you may want to think about creating a plan for your family and pets. We recommend that you take a look at one of the following links for tips and updates:
- American Veterinary Medical Association’s Statement on COVID-19
- Humane Rescue Alliance Video on Pet Emergency Preparedness
For those of you wondering “can I catch the virus from my pet or vice versa?”, the CDC, as well as, the World Organization for Animal Health has issued advisories saying there is currently no evidence that companion animals can spread the virus.
The CDC recommends that people who are sick with COVID-19 restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would restrict your contact with other people. When possible, a member of the household other than the individual who is ill should care for any animals in the household.
We will keep you updated should there be any new developments. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your pets and for being a part of our CityPaws family.