Covid 19 Virus - Your Pet and Our Service
With the COVID 19 outbreak you may be concerned about having your dog groomed and this is understandable. Based on Centers for Disease control recommendations it would be best to NOT take your dog to a fixed site large scale grooming service where there are large numbers of people. Much safer to wait a few weeks until the pandametic dies down. Alternatively using a mobile groomer is far safer heres why:
- No large numbers of people. In our case you have limited contact with at most 2 employees for a very short duration
- None of our employees shows any sign of illness
- I have told our employees if they have even the slightest inkling of not feeling well to stay home. They will be paid their normal wages so they have no incentive to come to work if they do not feel well
- As part of our business practice we wipe down all work surfaces and tools used with antiseptics and we have a full supply on hand. Our employees have been instructed to avoid physical contact with customers and to sterilize their hands prior to the start of each appointment.
- We ask that if you have any symptomns please be socially responsible and do not make an apointment. Also if you become ill with the virus and we have provided service to you within a week prior please call and advise us of that so that those employees involved can self quarantine. Our employees do not meet as a group so the chance of transmission to other employees is minimal.
OTHER QUESTIONS OUR CUTOMERS HAVE ASKED
Our customers have asked us several questions about the relationship of the virus and their pets. I have done research on that and below are questions and answers from the American Vetinary Medical Association concerning COVID 19 and your pet:
Q: Can SARS-CoV-2 infect pets?
A:They do not have a clear answer to this at this time. Currently, there is no evidence that pets can become sick. Infectious disease experts, as well as the CDC, OIE, and WHO indicate there is no evidence to suggest that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection with SARS-CoV-2, including spreading COVID-19 to people. More investigation is underway and as they learn more, they will update the information. However, because animals can spread other diseases to people and people can also spread diseases to animals, it’s a good idea to always wash your hands before and after interacting with animals.
Q: If I am ill with COVID-19 are there special precautions I should take to prevent spreading disease, including when caring for my pet?
A: If you are sick with COVID-19 you need to be careful to avoid transmitting it to other people. Applying some commonsense measures can help prevent that from happening. Stay at home except to get medical care and call ahead before visiting your doctor. Minimize your contact with other people, including separating yourself from other members of your household who are not ill; using a different bathroom, if available; and wearing a facemask when you are around other people or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. Wash your hands often, especially before touching your face, and use hand sanitizer. Use a tissue if you need to cough or sneeze and dispose of that tissue in the trash. When coughing or sneezing, do so into your elbow or sleeve rather than directly at another person. Out of an abundance of caution, the AVMA recommends you take the same common-sense approach when interacting with your pets or other animals in your home, including service animals. You should tell your physician and public health official that you have a pet or other animal in your home. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. So, if you are ill with COVID-19, have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with your pet or service animal. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. While we are recommending these as good practices, it is important to remember there is currently no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.
Q: What should I do to prepare for my pet’s care in the event I do become ill?
A. Identify another person in your household who is willing and able to care for your pet in your home should you contract COVID-19. Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, with at least two weeks’ worth of your pet’s food and any needed medications. Usually we think about emergency kits like this in terms of what might be needed for an evacuation, but it’s also good to have one prepared in the case of quarantine or self-isolation when you cannot leave your home.
Q: My pet or service animal needs to go to the veterinarian – what should I do?
A. If you are not ill with COVID-19 or another communicable disease (e.g., cold, flu), call your veterinarian to make an appointment for your pet or service animal as you normally would. If you are sick with COVID-19 or another communicable disease, you should stay at home, minimizing contact with other people, until you are well. Accordingly, if this is a non-urgent appointment that needs to be scheduled for your pet or service animal (e.g., annual wellness examination, routine vaccination, elective surgery), you should wait to schedule that appointment until your physician and your public health official believe you no longer present a risk of transmitting your infection to other people you may encounter during such a visit, including owners of pets or other animals and veterinary clinic staff. If you are sick with COVID-19, and you believe your pet or service animal is ill, please seek assistance from your veterinarian and public health official to determine how to best ensure your pet or service animal can be appropriately cared for while minimizing risks of transmitting COVID-19 to other people.