Dear Paws 'N Claws family, (4/23/2020)
Hello from Paws ‘N Claws. As mandates and restrictions are being lifted, we are now able to see more patients for more “routine” problems. Yeah! Starting Monday, April 27th the restrictions on “elective” surgery and procedures should be lifted. However, to protect everyone we continue to have changes in how we handle you and your pets. All changes are to reduce consumption of protective equipment and improve safety. Please call our main number at 970-493-6696 to schedule an appointment.
There has also been news about 2 cats in New York testing positive for COVID. Please be aware that some information that we have seen on the news and on-line has been taken out of context. Below is a link and a summary to the American Veterinary Medical Association website for correct and up to date information.
We will continue to provide care for all your pets.
SUMMARY AND CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS
Despite the number of global cases of COVID-19 surpassing the 2.1 million mark as of April 17, 2020, we are aware of only two pet dogs and one pet cat in Hong Kong, and a tiger and two pet cats in New York state, that have tested positive, with confirmation, for SARS-CoV-2. Of the pets confirmed to be positive, only two (the cats in New York state) exhibited signs of illness consistent with infection with SARS-CoV-2. Both of the ill cats showed mild signs of illness and are expected to fully recover. No conclusions can responsibly be drawn regarding the cat in Belgium because of questions surrounding collection and analysis of samples for testing for SARS-CoV-2 and the absence of an evaluation of that cat for other, more common causes for its clinical signs. The tiger was said to be exposed via contact with a zoo employee who was actively shedding virus, and some other large cats at the zoo that were apparently housed in proximity did exhibit signs of respiratory disease, but are expected to recover. At this point in time, there is also no evidence that domestic animals, including pets and livestock, can spread COVID-19 to people.
Therefore, the AVMA maintains its current recommendations regarding SARS-CoV-2 and animals. These recommendations, which are supported by guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), are that:
- Animal owners without symptoms of COVID-19 should continue to practice good hygiene during interactions with animals. This includes washing hands before and after such interactions and when handling animal food, waste, or supplies.
- Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
- Keep cats indoors, when possible, to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
- Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals. Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
- Until more is known about the virus, those ill with COVID-19 should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would restrict your contact with other people. Have another member of your household or business take care of feeding and otherwise caring for any animals, including pets. If you have a service animal or you must care for your animals, including pets, then wear a cloth face covering; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them, and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.
- At this point in time, there is no evidence to suggest that domestic animals, including pets and livestock, that may be incidentally infected by humans play a role in the spread of COVID-19.
- Routine testing of animals for SARS-CoV-2 is NOT recommended. Veterinarians are strongly encouraged to rule out other, more common causes of illness in animals before considering testing for SARS-CoV-2 (see additional information under “Testing Animals for SARS-CoV-2”).
- Human outbreaks are driven by person-to-person transmission. Accordingly, we see no reason to remove pets from homes even if COVID-19 has been identified in members of the household, unless there is risk that the pet itself is not able to be cared for appropriately.
During this pandemic emergency, animals and people each need the support of the other and veterinarians are there to support the good health of both.
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 **