Identifying High-Risk Patients: Questions to Ask When Making Appointments5*
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- Age of the patient.
- Vaccination history.
- Recent history:
- Has the pet been to a boarding kennel, dog park, day care facility, animal shelter, or other similar venue in the past month?
- Traveled to another area or country?
- Are other pets in the household ill?
- Acute vomiting?
- Acute diarrhea (defined as three or more loose stools during the past 24 hr) or episodes of bloody diarrhea?
- Acute coughing?
- Acute sneezing?
- Fever (if known)?
If the patient is acutely coughing, sneezing, vomiting, or having diarrhea, ± a fever, the pet should not enter the reception area. Evaluate such animals before entry into the building or immediately transport them to a dedicated examination or isolation room depending on practice policy.
If the hospital records indicate that the pet has a multidrug-resistant infection, the pet should not enter the reception area.
* Patients fitting these criteria should not enter the reception area. Meet owners outside and escort them in via a separate entrance or use a carrier or gurney to transport the pet through the reception area if necessary. Use alternative waiting/examination locations or use of barrier precautions based on the initial risk assessment. Clean and disinfect any waiting or examination locations occupied before using those areas again for other animals.