Effective until further notice, the Goodison Vet team is implementing changes in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Please read our information on COVID-19 for clients.

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Coronavirus and Pets (as of April 3, 2020)

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “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.

In addition, the cases of infection referenced above are very rare occurrences. It is interesting to note that one of the veterinary Warningdiagnostic firms we rely on, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., has developed a test for this virus in dogs and cats with the goal of being prepared should public health authorities deem it relevant (testing pets is currently not recommended). During development, thousands of dogs and cats were tested. The good news - none tested positive.

While current information indicates that concern for coronavirus illness in pets is not warranted, coronavirus may still have an impact on animal health if veterinary personnel become ill and are unable to work. We are also monitoring for emerging supply chain issues and avoiding all but essential use of personal protective equipment to help conserve important resources. To try to limit possible impact on our veterinary team and because we care about you and your loved ones, we kindly ask that you wash your hands frequently and stay home and contact your healthcare provider if you or anyone in your household becomes ill with possible symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus). For additional changes the GVC team is implementing as a result of this unprecedented situation, please see our information on COVID-19 for clients.

As a precaution, for those sick with COVID-19, the CDC recommends the following:

“People with COVID-19 should be advised to tell their public health point of contact that they have pets or other animals in their home.

In addition to other prevention measures, people with COVID-19 who are identified by public health officials as requiring home care and isolation should be advised to limit interaction with pets and other animals. Specifically, while these people are symptomatic, they should maintain separation from pets as they would with other household members, and avoid direct contact with pets, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Service animals should be permitted to remain with their handlers.

If possible, a household member should be designated to care for pets in the home. If the individual in home care and isolation must care for pet(s), including service animals, they should ensure they wash their hands before and after caring for pets and wear a facemask while interacting with pets, until they are medically cleared to return to normal activities.”

Details on CDC guidelines pertaining to households with pets may be found by clicking here.

If you are sick with COVID-19 and have a pet who needs to be seen by a veterinarian for a routine appointment, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) advises delaying the visit until you are healthy and cleared by your physician and public health officials. For ill pets, please consult with public health officials and your veterinarian (call first).

Visit the AVMA’s FAQs for additional information on this and other related topics.

For more information on human COVID-19 infection, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or review information provided by your state or local health department.