As you are aware yesterday – Thursday 12th March our UK Government announced that it had moved to the delay phase regarding Coronavirus.
Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms is advised to stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days.
Further advice on ‘social distancing’ is expected over the coming days and weeks and as such our response here at My Pets Vets needs to be flexible.
We understand that this is a very worrying time for us all and we would like to reassure all our clients that we are remaining vigilant and will respond to advice from our government and veterinary advisory bodies rapidly. Our team are and will continue to comply with current advice.
Further to our post yesterday and in the interest of all our clients and our team, if you have travelled from a region that has been identified as high risk by the government, have potentially been in contact with someone with Coronavirus or are if you are self-isolating because of suspected or confirmed Covid-19, we request that you do not enter our premises.
If your pet needs veterinary care please call the practice and explain and our team will endeavour to work with you to ensure your pet receives the care they require.
We ask all clients to please use the facilities in our practices to wash your hands and use the hand sanitisers provided when you arrive.
Please consider waiting in your car prior to your appointment to help us comply with the recommended ‘social distancing’ and to help us protect our team which will enable us to continue to provide 24 hour a day care.
In addition we will happy to post our repeat prescriptions to you – just ask a member of our team when you order your medication.
According to the World Organisation for Animal Health the current spread of Covid-19 is a result of human to human transmission, and, to date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease.
We are expecting advice for pet owners diagnosed with Covid-19 from Defra. In the meantime, the British Veterinary Association is recommending that you:
• Restrict contact with pets as a precautionary animal health measure until more information is known about the virus.
• If your pet requires care, wash your hands before and after any interaction with them and wear a face mask if possible.
• Keep cats indoors if possible and try to arrange for someone else to exercise dogs, taking care to restrict any contact with the person walking your dog and making sure they practice good hygiene. This is to reduce the likelihood of your pet spreading the disease through environmental contamination on their fur – there is no evidence that pet animals play a role in the spread of the disease or that they become sick themselves.
• If your pet shows clinical signs, please do not take it to the vet but call the practice for advice.
• If your pet requires emergency treatment, call the practice for further advice. Do not take your pet to the surgery unless the vet instructs you to. You may need to arrange for someone else to transport your pet for treatment.
Further advice can be found via several sources:
Public health, including the safety of our team members and our clients remains paramount
Cruciate disease is a common condition that can affect a range of different breeds and different size dogs
We are running a vaccine amnesty throughout February and March, allowing you to restart your dog or cat’s vaccinations for the price of a booster