What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is caused by a virus called coronavirus. There are many types of coronaviruses that exist and cause a range in symptoms such as those of the common cold to more severe disease. The current coronavirus (COVID-19), has spread across the globe ranging from asymptomatic cases to death. Many people develop mild symptoms but there are groups of people such as those with pre-existing disease conditions, those who are immune suppressed and senior populations that are at higher risk of developing serious complications.
Animals and COVID-19
It is thought that COVID-19 may have originated in bats, then passed through one other animal host before being transmitted to humans. Despite this, the overall risk that most animals (cats and dogs in particular), of becoming infected and developing illness is thought to be low.
Two dogs in Hong Kong tested weakly positive for COVID-19 on oral & nasal swabs but they did not develop any signs of COVID. An additional 15 dogs and 8 cats were tested from COVID positive households in Hong Kong with negative results.
Over 3500 dogs, cats and horses have been tested, all with negative results across the USA and South Korea. Testing is ongoing and will be expanded to other regions globally.
Even though the virus is thought to have originated from a wild animal source, there is no evidence to show that domestic animals can transmit the virus to people. Currently the virus is being transmitted from human-to-human.
COVID-19 & Granville Veterinary Clinic
We are currently still open regular office hours and excepting all appointments. Due to shortages in surgical supplies we are post-pone some routine surgeries to conserve supplies for more emergent procedures.
In an effort to comply with Alberta Health Guidelines and Alberta Veterinary Medical Association recommendations for social distancing, we have changed our exam format to non client attended examinations. This change has been made in the best interest of our clients and staff. We want to make sure our clients and their families stay healthy and we can continue to be here to take care of your furry family members.
The non attended client format will mean that on the day of your appointment we will have you call us upon arrive, we will discuss your concerns on the phone and then meet you at the door to admit your pet. The veterinarian will be in contact with you once the examination is complete to discuss findings or next steps if required. Will are currently taking payment via e-transfer or you can come into the clinic to pay upon check out.
Our clinic is still open for food sales and prescription pick ups. We are currently in the process of setting up an online food ordering system that will allow you to have your food delivered right to your door. Please contact us for more information.
Granville Veterinary Clinic maintains a high expectation for cleanliness. These procedures have been increased and include wiping high traffic surfaces such as the reception desk, debit machine and front door handles numerous times a day.
Reasons Not to Visit the Clinic and Information We Should Know Prior to Your Appointment
Please do not come into the clinic and advise staff if you answer yes to any of the below:
- Have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
- Have been in contact with anyone who has travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
- Have been in contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days
- Are showing any symptoms of coughing, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing, lethargy
We will still happily see your pet but would like to know if any of the above apply so that we can take the proper protective measures so we can continue to be here for you and everyone else who needs us to care for their fur families.
If you need food or a prescription and are unable to find an alternative way to pick it up, we are happy to bring something out to the parking lot for you. Please just call and we are happy to help!