We’re learning every day what to do if we get sick, but what if our pet needs to see a vet? Should/can we take them?
VCA Animal Hospitals, an acquisition-based company, has three animal hospitals in Orange County: VCA Flannery Animal Hospital, New Windsor; VCA Pine Bush Animal Hospital in Pine Bush; and VCA Orange County Veterinary Hospital in Goshen.
VCA offers this information to its clients about what they currently know about COVID-19 and the safety of your pet.
New medical findings are occurring every day, so if you have questions or concerns, VCA recommends calling your veterinarian immediately, as these guidelines may differ from vet to vet, from day to day.
What do I do if I have been exposed to the coronavirus and my pet needs care?
We ask that clients who have recently traveled to a high-risk country, had any exposure to symptomatic or confirmed positive cases, or confirmed positive themselves, not bring their pets in the hospital unless they are having a medical emergency.
If your pet is due for routine care, please call us to discuss rescheduling at a later time. If your appointment is necessary, we ask that you have a healthy family member or friend bring your pet to the visit.
I have not been exposed, and my pet is scheduled for a visit or is sick.
We are open and fully operational and recommend you follow these steps:
Upon arrival at the hospital, please remain in your vehicle or outside the hospital and call us. We will check you in as soon as possible from outside the hospital.
If you believe you need to be inside our facility, please discuss that in advance with the hospital manager, medical director and/or attending veterinarian.
If you need to pick up food or medication, remain in your car or outside the hospital and call the front desk. We will deliver your order to your car.
VCA can also help care for its pets without a trip or call to the hospital by text messages and photos and myVCA Live Chat during operating hours.
What is the coronavirus impact on pet health?
Based on what we know currently, there is limited evidence to support any risk of COVID-19 to your pet and no evidence that you are at risk from your pet.
Should my pet wear a mask?
What if my dog or cat is showing signs of flu-like illness?
“Dogs and cats can show flu-like signs of illness associated with many common viral and bacterial infections that are not transmissible to people,” said Dr. Anne Kimmerlein, DVM, veterinary epidemiologist for VCA Animal Hospitals. “There is currently no evidence that dogs or cats can be infected with COVID-19. If your pet shows signs of coughing, sneezing, or lethargy, contact your VCA veterinarian so that appropriate diagnosis and treatment can occur.”