Tighten up, double up. That’s the latest word from the CDC on wearing masks to reduce the chances of transmitting or contracting COVID-19.
In most places, the COVID vaccine rollout is confused at best. Vet med professionals share their vaccination frustrations and successes.
With mask restrictions now lifted in most US states and most states scheduled to be fully open with a few restrictions by July 4, many veterinary professionals are wondering what’s on the horizon as far as safety protocols.
As states begin to authorize veterinarians to administer COVID vaccinations (should the need arise), some might ask, “What’s in it for me?” Potentially, a vaccination.
The CDC and the USDA announced last week the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats in New York State. In the wake of that announcement, the CDC now recommends that pet owners follow the same social distancing guidelines with their pets as with human family members.
Pentobarbital solution—the go-to drug for companion-animal euthanasia—has been in short supply for months. But Kathleen Cooney, DVM, MS, CHPV, CCFP, says there’s no reason you would have known that “unless you do a lot of euthanasias.”
The FDA announced a recall of a sedative commonly used in the treatment of human COVID patients—and by some veterinarians as an anxiolytic.
Most people know that the Veterinarian’s Oath focuses on caring for animals and protecting animal welfare. But there is also a very important line in the Oath: a newly minted veterinarian must also swear to benefit society through “the promotion of public health.”
When it comes to reopening a veterinary practice, “There’s no one-size-fits-all approach,” said veterinary epidemiologist J. Scott Weese.
Those two cats who tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State last month may have thrown a wrench in lab-test turnaround time for all the other cats.