We are so grateful to our hardworking team and our loyal and understanding customers for showing patience while we have adapted the way we do things to keep our team safe and remain open to treat your pets. Our current practice of taking pets inside the clinic for their examinations and speaking to owners over the phone has been working really well and we appreciate everyone’s adaptability in these usual times.
There has been a lot of information in the media about pets and Coronavirus. There has been some alarming stories and a lot of conflicting information which can be confusing and worrying for pet owners.
On Friday evening, the Australian Veterinary Association released a statement with the latest advice from evidence at hand. Their statement says:
- There is currently no evidence you can get COVID-19 from your pet.
- Keep your pets with you in your family unit.
- Plan for the care of your pets in case you need to go to hospital.
- Continue to practice good hand hygiene before and after handling your pet, their food and their food and water bowls.
- Review advice from your veterinary clinic before you visit. Follow their instructions to keep your family and veterinary staff safe from COVID-19.
Other important information to know is:
- No domestic or wild animals in Australia have tested positive for coronavirus.
- There have only been a few cases worldwide of animals testing positive to Covid-19 when they have been in close contact with an infected owner.
- Cats have been shown to get the virus in a laboratory setting when directly infected with the virus. They have not transmitted it to humans, only cat to cat. Ferrets have also been affected in this way. Dogs can contract the virus but cannot transmit it to other dogs. The laboratory settings don’t reflect real-life situations, animals are directly infected with high doses spraying into their noses.
- Some companies have been developing a test for cats for Covid-19. At this stage, the test is not voluntarily available and is only to be performed when directed by health authorities (this is most likely in COVID-19 positive households)
- If you test positive for Coronavirus you do not need to rehouse your cat, just avoid close contact and have someone else in your family take over care of the cat if possible.
- Unfortunately, at the moment, we are not able to board cats as the Kew Cattery remains temporarily closed.
To read the AVA information sheet in full click the link below:
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us.