Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs


We are going to tackle some of the frequently asked questions regarding coronavirus and what it means for pets and pet owners.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)? What are the symptoms?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.” The virus is believed to be spread through close contact with one another and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

If you suspect that you may have been infected with COVID-19, please follow the guidelines outlined by the CDC.

Image credit: CDC

Can my pet get COVID-19 or spread the virus?

The CDC has stated that “at this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19”. There have also been no reported cases of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. If you are healthy, you can interact with your pets as you normally would. Just be sure to take precautions and thoroughly wash your hands before and after interacting with pets. If you are suspected to have COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19, you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals. Ask a trusted family member or friend to care for your pet until you are healthy and be sure to have a stock of essential supplies for your pet.

What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Practicing good hygiene is key to help prevent the spread of disease. Steps to practice good hygiene include:

  • Frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. 
  • Use hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick and wear a face mask if you are sick and around other people
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes doorknobs, counters, desks, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks

 

Additionally, avoiding close contact with large groups of people is highly recommended during this time. We kindly ask that if you are sick, please refrain from coming to Ingleside Animal Hospital.

What is Ingleside Animal Hospital doing to be proactive against COVID-19?

Here at Ingleside Animal Hospital, the safety and health of everyone who comes into our practice is our top priority. During our regular operations, we strive to provide the highest quality of sanitation possible. This includes disinfecting all exam rooms and surface areas after each appointment and practicing good hygiene techniques among staff.

We have also taken the following additional measures: 

  • Staff are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling ill
  • Increased deep-cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces throughout the entire hospital, multiple times a day.
  • Providing the option of curbside service for our clients. Note: please alert our reception staff that you would like curbside service while scheduling your appointment.
  • Increasing our use of disposable gloves
  • Providing hand sanitizer for our clients upon arrival and departure. 

 

We are closely monitoring the situation as it unfolds and will keep you informed of any updates and changes. If you have any questions or need to schedule your pet’s next appointment, please contact us.

Additional Resources:

CDC Website (Coronavirus): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

CDC’s FAQ about Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

ASPCA’s Guide on Keeping Pets Safe During the COVID-19 Crisis: https://www.aspca.org/news/coronavirus-keeping-your-pets-safe-during-covid-19-crisis

World Health Organization (WHO) Advice for Public: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

AVMA COVID-19 FAQs for Pet Owners: https://www.avma.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/covid-19-faq-pet-owners_031420.pdf

WebMD Symptoms of COVID-19: https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200310/know-the-symptoms-of-covid19