As we all adjust our daily lives to deal with COVID-19 (now SARS-CoV-2) we want to share the safety measures we have put in place to protect the health of our valued Fremont Veterinary Clinic staff and clients.
- We are enforcing illness prevention procedures, including frequent hand washing, avoiding contact with eyes, nose or mouth, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Our staff are washing their hands repeatedly throughout the day, between patients, and during exams.
- We are supplying hand sanitizer throughout the clinic and encourage incoming clients to use hand sanitizer upon entering the clinic.
- We are conducting additional and frequent cleaning and disinfection protocols of high-touch areas in our clinic, including exam rooms, treatment areas, kennels, and food prep areas, with antiviral disinfectant.
- We are instructing staff who exhibit symptoms of illness to stay home. If someone develops sign of illness at work, they will be required to go home immediately.
Some have wondered about their pets contracting COVID-19. As of now, there has been one dog in Hong Kong that tested “positive” for the virus. What this means is that public health officials found virus in the dogs’ nasal passages. This could be similar to finding the virus on counter surfaces or door knobs.
Starting Monday, we are offering the option of waiting for your appointment outside or in your car after you check in to increase social distancing. If you have cold or flu symptoms, we ask that you not come into the clinic with your pet. Even if you’re not sick but are concerned and only need routine care for your pet, you can certainly postpone your visit for a week or two.
We are here for you and your pets. We will continue to monitor the guidelines set by the CDC, American Veterinary Medical Association, Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and update our health and safety protocols as necessary.
R. Preston Ross, DVM
Fremont Veterinary Clinic