Dear Paws ‘N Claws Family, (3/26/2020)
Now state wide Stay-at-Home Order. The state had to one up the county. It now begins at 6am today. Stay safe everyone. This is a perfect time to spend some quality time with your pets. Break out the brushes, take a walk, play some fetch, chase the string (your cat not you). Have a good day and call us with any pet related questions. Dr. Schramm
Dear Paws ‘N Claws Family, (3/25/2020)
Larimer county has just issued a “Stay-at-Home Order” beginning on March 26th at 5:00pm. Please go to www.larimer.org for more information. This order directs the community to leave the house or place of residence only for food and essential services. This order should slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Paws ‘N Claws is still open. Pet care is still necessary, pets still have medical and surgical needs, we can help you. However, this does make things a little more challenging and inconvenient for everyone. We feel your pain too. As stated below we are restricting our services to only essential medical and surgical services. For more information please call 1-970-493-6696. Please stay safe and healthy. Dr. Schramm
Dear Paws ‘N Claws Family, (3/20/2020)
Governor Polis has signed an Executive Order: “Ordering the Temporary Cessation of All Elective and Non-Essential Surgeries and Procedures…. Until April 14th”
This order is to preserve personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, various medical equipment, etc.) for humans.
We are now restricting our services to only essential medical and surgical services. Emergency only.
This means that if the problem can wait for 3 months, we will need to delay your appointment. If there is “undue risk to the current or future health of your pet”, as determined by our veterinarians and staff; we may be able to see your pet, but it is going to be very restricted.
We can still get lots done over the phone, including some consultations. Please call.
- Our doors are locked, but we are still open, for now.
- We are strictly limiting human to human contact.
- Call first
We will do everything that we can to help you with your pets. All of us at Paws ‘N Claws hope that you and your family, including all your pets are doing well.
Dear Paws ‘N Claws Family, (3/17/2020)
There have been a lot of big changes lately in response to COVID-19. We ARE still open, and we will be here to care for you and your pets for as long as we can. We have a responsibility to protect the health and well-being of you, our patients, as well as our staff. We all need to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We want to assure you that we are not taking this lightly and are doing our best to minimize risk for disease transmission. As veterinarians we are no stranger to infectious diseases. However, to help protect us humans, we are disinfecting surfaces around the clinic even more often than usual. So, you will see the “wet floor” sign more often, smell disinfectants in the air or find that the doorknobs or counters are still a bit damp from cleaning.
In order to help keep everyone safe we are asking for your help to make a few temporary changes:
-Only one human per appointment. Pick one person in the family who can answer all the questions and make all the decisions regarding your pet. This will greatly reduce the number of people coming and going. Please wash your hands before you come in, and don’t shake hands at the clinic. You can wave and we will wave right back. We know some of you have children at home right now because of school closures and they want to come to the vet appointment; we ask that they stay home to keep contact to a minimum. Probably safer for them to stay home anyways. There will always be special circumstances, so please call if you have questions.
-We want to reduce appointments to necessary problems. Please call the clinic and we will take the time to answer your questions and determine if an appointment is necessary. It’s still important to provide vaccinations, heartworm protection, routine medical care, sick patient appointments and surgical procedures. Some problems can be handled over the phone. Just call and we can figure it out.
-Please try to arrive right at your appointment time. We have set up the appointment schedule to help avoid overlap of people in the lobby. We may ask you to wait a moment to exit the exam room if someone else is checking in. We may ask you to wait in your car.
-If you are just picking up a medication or food call from the parking lot. We are encouraging you to pay ahead. Give us a call when you are in the parking lot and a staff member will bring the food or medication out to you. You don’t even need to get out of your car. Roll down your window and we can throw it in (probably not the cans of food or big bags…) We can do everything over the phone.
-You don’t have to come in at all. One of our staff members can come out to the car, get your pet and bring them in for examination. You can drop them off, we will do the rest. If we have questions, we can call you. We can do what we need to do and then bring your pet out to you for pickup. Everything can be done over the phone and we can still provide excellent care and minimize human to human contact.
-Most importantly, please don’t come into the office if you or your family are sick or have been exposed to illness.
We know that some of these steps may be inconvenient, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. We know this is a challenging time for everyone. We are trying to stay open and avoid any possible quarantines. Paws ‘N Claws is here for you, and we’re doing our best to keep pets AND people healthy. If you have questions about these policies or your pets, please call!
**As the situation and regulations change, we may need to make additional changes or take additional steps. Stay tuned for further information, we will keep you updated **