How do you keep your pup healthy during the pandemic? All the focus is on humans and keeping humans safe, but remember your dog! She still needs her medications, preventatives, and if she falls ill or gets injured, she will need treatment. We wanted to touch on a few things you may not know or have thought of when it comes to veterinary care right now.Of course, every state is different, so we can only speak about our own state, but we do know many states have similar policies. Veterinary care is considered an essential service in many if not all states. Keep in mind, essential service may mean only care that is absolutely necessary. Veterinary practices are seeing patients curbside or with remote video service. What does this mean for you and your dog?
Those working at the clinic need to protect themselves and will most likely be wearing masks and gloves. Many of us canines are not used to masks, so keep this in mind. Pet parents who choose a curbside appointment will give their pup up to a person at the clinic and not be able to go inside with them. If your dog is fearful of masks or other facial coverings, practice with her at home to help her feel more comfortable, especially since you won’t be with her.
Virtual vet visits are a great way to stay safe at home and have a real veterinarian diagnose your dog through video. Not all clinics offer this service, and it may not work for all illnesses, but it is a good place to start.
Most veterinary clinics have limited curbside services to essential services only. Examples would be injuries, infections, serious illness, vital vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, end of life services. If you are unsure whether your issue qualifies, call your clinic. Why are some vaccinations and flea and tick prevention essential? They are vital to ensuring the health of your dog, and possible of their human in the case of ticks and fleas. Just because we have stay at home orders doesn’t mean your dog isn’t going outside and picking up nasty hitchhikers.
As with going anywhere, if you are not feeling well, cancel your appointment and stay home! Don’t risk infecting someone by taking your pup to the vet. Not only do you need to keep your pup healthy during the pandemic, you need to help keep others healthy as well.
Normally we go for our heartworm test in April. This year in mid March, before our state started shutting down, Mom decided we should all go in asap just in case things would be closed down. Luckily, we did go and had curbside service. We got our heartworm medication, and several months of flea and tick preventative. Thankfully we did, as Olivia had a tick crawling over her nose the day of our snowstorm!
There are a few other considerations to make to keep your pup healthy during the pandemic, and cared for as well. Remember, we are completely dependent on you for our care.
Make sure you have plenty of prescriptions for your dog’s medication on hand. Right now it may take a longer time to get a refill. If you can’t get out, or prefer not to, see if your veterinarian can fax your prescription to a pharmacy near you. For flea and tick prevention, many companies ship to your door if they have your prescription.
Keep an extra bag or two of food on hand. So far we haven’t had trouble getting our food, but it has been taking a lot longer to arrive. Getting the meat to mix in with it has been more challenging. Switching a dog’s food takes a few days at least to keep our tummies from getting upset, so don’t risk running out.
Lastly, in the event that you fall ill, who will care for your furry one? This is a point for now and for always actually. We hope no one gets ill, but if you do, someone will need to care for your pup. Make a plan with someone you know in the event you need some help.
We’re thankful veterinarians are considered essential services. It’s great the government is recognizing the importance of pets and our health!
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