Coronavirus and Pets
March 4, 2020
As you are aware, the coronavirus has continued to dominate the news in the United States as well as the remainder of the world. Based upon the continuing concerns, we wanted to outline the common-sense steps the hospital is taking to manage the situation.
Per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), although the risk of contracting the coronavirus disease may be low, authorities are not sure if the virus is highly contagious or less so and health authorities suspect the virus is spread through coughing and sneezing, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens are spread.
So you aware, we have asked any employees exhibiting symptoms of an illness to remain at home, and we also ask that if you are ill, to please reschedule your appointment. We will continue to reinforce that the hospital maintains a clean and appropriately disinfected facility.
The hospital has informed our staff about best practices in avoiding virus exposure to the coronavirus or other viruses as per the CDC recommendations. We want to share these best practices with you as well.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then discard the tissue
- Regularly use hand sanitizer
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website. Additional information on the coronavirus itself can be obtained as well at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html
Our goal is to maintain a happy and healthy environment for our clients, cats, and staff!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask to speak with our Hospital Management staff.