The well-being of our patients and staff is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the news related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we would like to share some of the steps we are taking to maintain a safe environment and minimize risks for our clients and staff.
Our offices are cleaned and disinfected daily. All commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, counter tops, keyboards, telephones; etc. will be disinfected throughout the day.
The AVMA has issued a paper which states that there is no current evidence to indicate pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. They recommend that if you are not ill, you can interact with your pet normally. It is recommended to practice good hygiene.
From the AVMA: Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding and playing with your fur friend. If you must care for your fur friend, wear a facemask; do not share food, kiss or hug them. Wash hands before and after any contact with them.
Veterinarians are instructed to wash hands for at least 20 seconds and disinfect between each house visit and utilize hygienic practices to minimize potential exposure. We ask our clients to please inform us if any member of their household is exhibiting signs of a respiratory illness including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Please inform us if a person has had contact with a person positive for COVID-19 or if the home is under quarantine.
Any staff members who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness will stay at home and not return to work until they are free of fever, signs of fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom altering medicine.
Herd Health Management will be continuing to provide essential services for our clients. We will be scheduling any elective surgical procedures for later to help reduce social interacting and save essential supplies for use by our state public health colleagues. We are looking forward to continuing to serve our fur friends and clients during these trying times.