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Latest News - Coronavirus 

Providing Services As Usual

Please note that we are now providing all our services as usual.


In the interest of protecting our clients, patients and staff over the coming weeks and months, we will be implementing some protocols to minimise the spread of Coronavirus within our practice. We are here to help you as we always do but there will be guidelines that we will need our clients to follow.

If you have or are looking to book an appointment with us then please let us know if any of the following apply:

* You have travelled outside the UK within the last 14 days
* You or someone you live with, or your animals have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms
* You are suffering from suspect COVID-19 symptoms (cough, high temperature, shortness of breath)

Please don't worry if you answer yes to any of our above questions as we will work with you to ensure your pet is looked after appropriately.

If you do have a concern regarding waiting for your appointment within our public waiting area, please call reception to notify them of your arrival and wait in your car. 

Please follow instructions given to you by staff, our protocols are in place to keep everyone safe.

Many thanks for your understanding.


Do animals get coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are very common in animals and there are many different strains (types) which are different from COVID-19. In general, they normally cause problems like coughing or diarrhoea that are relatively mild.

Do animals get COVID-19?

There have been no confirmed COVID-19 infections in animals. Some coronaviruses are zoonotic which means they can jump from one species to another, for example human to animal or the reverse. There is some suggestion that COVID-19 originated from animals(bats) but this is not yet confirmed.
COVID-19 seems to spread from human to human, not animals.

How do animals contribute to the spread of COVID-19?

At the moment we don’t think animals play a significant role in the spread of COVID-19. However, if a person with COVID-19 is in contact with an animal they could potentially spread the virus to another person via the virus being on the coat of the animal. In this situation the animal is a fomite (something that can transfer a virus from one person to another without them having to meet).

Can I get COVID-19 from my pet?

No, but if they have been in touch with someone infected with COVID-19 then there is a slight risk. Make sure you wash your hands before and after feeding/playing with your pet and avoid kissing, licking or sharing food with them

Can animals be vaccinated?

No, we have some vaccines for other types of animal coronaviruses but they are not useful when thinking about COVID-19.


RISK ASSESSMENT

We are taking steps to manage and minimise the risk of Covid 19 to all our clients and staff. Please see our risk assessment for further details on how we are aiming to achieve this.
 

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