It’s official. COVID-19 is a pandemic. Which makes doing what you can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus even more critical. Ensuring that your hospital’s schedule isn’t disrupted by clients worried about catching the coronavirus by going out in public is a little trickier.
People are preparing to go back to work, but their new pets most likely won’t be going with them. And those who adopted a pet during lockdown could be in for a rude surprise once they get home.
With social distancing and staying at home the new norm, everyone—including your clients and their pets—are experiencing head-spinning lifestyle changes. The silver lining: you can do more than ever to help get them into top shape during this downtime.
Companion animals are in danger from the new coronavirus, but not for the reason you might think.
“Whole communities are no longer in existence. Whole towns are no longer standing.”
Yes, cats can catch it. The CDC and the USDA today announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats in New York state. They’re the first pets in the US to test positive for the virus.
How worried do pet owners need to be?
Back in March, the first pet was diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 in Hong Kong. What‘s the status of SARS-CoV-2 in pets now, nearly seven months later?
There is no doubt COVID-19 has created a host of challenges for veterinary hospitals. But AAHA-accredited hospitals are among the profession’s most innovative problem solvers. AAHA maintains a facebook group for accredited members and found an impressive array of creative solutions being shared in the community.
That seems to be the general consensus when it comes to companion animals and COVID-19. Reports that a dog in Hong Kong repeatedly tested “weak positive” for the COVID-19 virus fueled worldwide concern that pets could indeed get the new superbug. While that concern appears to be groundless (at least so far), it does raise a question.