COVID-19, Your Pets, and High Risk Patients
We want to continually update you on any new information concerning COVID-19 transmission and validated insights, especially as it relates to and changes how we handle our beloved patients.
In the past week, the tiger that tested COVID-19 positive at the Bronx Zoo may have made you question the safety of your pets, from you as a human that can transit COVID-19 to them, and they as a possible transmitter of COVID-19 to you. IS THIS POSSIBLE?
The current answer from many reputable sources is still NO. However, remember this is a new virus, and the rules can change at any time.
Animals have not been found to transmit this virus to humans. They can, as we have said before, carry the virus between people. However, there is preliminary research being conducted on whether cats can become infected and transmit this virus to other animals, but any final conclusions are still pending validation.
In response to these developments, and practicing with an abundance of caution until it is made clear we can relax our restrictions, we are updating our safety precautions.
We are identifying HIGH RISK PATIENTS as they present an ELEVATED RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH:
1. ANY PATIENT FROM A HOME WITH KNOWN OR SUSPECTED COVID-19 (CAT OR DOG)
2. ANY CAT EXHIBITING RESPIRATORY SIGNS or ILLNESS
If your pet falls into the HIGH RISK PATIENT Category:
1. We will use Telemedicine services if possible, for examination and treatment.
2. If Telemedicine is not advised and a hospital visit is needed, our staff will handle all high-risk patients in full PPE gear, utilizing a designated isolation area of our hospital.
Links for Additional Information:
WHO for ANIMAL HEALTH