Lately, there has been a lot of information thrown our way regarding the Coronavirus and pets. There is still so much that we do not know about this virus in regards to our fur babies. I know that this is a scary time. What we do know is that yes, our pets can get Covid-19 from us. But, this is not the norm, it is still extremely rare. The pets infected can show respiratory signs or even no signs at all. The animals that have tested positive were all exposed to a person with the virus. With that being said there are ways that we can protect our pets from getting the virus. It is imperative that if you have Covid-19 to have a healthy family member, friend, petsitter, or boarding facility care for your pet while you are recovering to prevent exposure to your fur baby. If you have to care for your pet while you are sick, please try your best to limit your contact with your pet to decrease their exposure. Also, washing your hands prior and after handling them and wearing a mask while caring for them will also decrease transmission. The good news is that there is still no evidence to suggest that pets infected with Covid-19 can spread the virus to people. The AVMA website is a very good source for accurate, up to date information on Covid-19. The link below will take you to FAQs for Pet Owners.
I hope this helps to calm your fears and concerns.
Dr. Cupples and Dr. Pirela
Please check AVMA for regular updates from a reliable source.
Above & Beyond Veterinary Hospital COVID-19 Safety Protocols
As of 11/28/2020, we are allowing the option to the client to choose whether they would like to come into the hospital for your appointment or if they would like to continue to do curbside. Back in March we had switched to curbside exclusively, and now we are partially opening our hospital again. Back on 6/29/2020, the city mandated that masks be worn upon the premises and that businesses create and post a policy. If you elect to do curbside, follow the below section. If you choose to come inside, skip to the next section.
1.) Call (281)843-9069 to schedule appointment. Our front desk will email you our New Client Information sheet if you are not an existing customer, you can either email it back or bring it to your appointment.
2.) Call upon arriving and one of our techs will come out to get your pet.
3.) The doctor will examine and call you and discuss treatment over the phone while you remain in your car.
In-Room Exam Appointments (Only available for doctor visits. Tech appointment and Rx pickups are to still be done curbside):
1.) Call (281)843-9069 to schedule appointment. Our front desk will email you our New Client Information sheet if you are not an existing customer: you can either email it back, bring it with you, or fill it out in the room.
2.) Call upon arriving and we will get you into a room as soon as we can.
3.) The appointment will take place as usual while you are in a room.
In-Room Exam Appointment Rules:
1.) If possible, one person per pet can come inside the hospital.
2.) Before entering, please abide by the city mandate to wear a mask while inside our hospital. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.
3.) Arrive ten minutes before appointment time and we will get you into a room as soon as able.
4.) We will take payments in the room instead of at the front desk in order to minimize the amount of people in the lobby at one time.
5.) Please alert the staff on the phone call if you or a family member is ill and we will figure out a different way to accommodate.
1.) All employees will be wearing masks while inside the hospital if not possible to keep a safe distance.
2.) Our hospitals are regularly cleaned and disinfected throughout the day and in between appointments.
3.) All clients are required to wear a mask upon entry unless exempted from the city mandate.
4.) None of our employees will come to work sick.
5.) For more information or if you would like to read our policy regarding our COVID Safety Protocols, please visit https://avbethospital.com/covid-19-updates.
ABVH will continue increasing quality of life for your furry loved ones in the safest way possible.
We love our patients and we love helping as many people as we can at our veterinary clinic. We are establishing safety protocols to protect Pearland and Manvel pet lovers.