Coronavirus update 8th April 2020

Coronavirus update 8th April 2020

CLIENT ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO DURING THE CORONA CRISIS

In response to the latest government guidelines we are now only open for patients that need essential care to avoid unnecessary suffering or maintain animal welfare. In order to help you understand the best way to look after your pet please see the below Q&A

What conditions constitutes an emergency needing immediate care?

If any of the below are occurring contact us immediately for an appointment.

· Breathing difficulties

· Open wound injuries

· Trauma (e.g. car accidents)

· Male cats struggling in the litter tray to pass urine

· Rabbits neglecting food

· Swallowing hazards ie.toys/ clothes etc

· Ingestion of poison/harmful substances

· Eye problems

· Vomiting or diarrhoea, especially if your pet appears quiet or depressed or if it is going on for a long time (more than 24 hours)

· Swollen abdomen or retching (especially large dogs)

· Loss of thirst & appetite

· Struggling to give birth

· Seizuring/fitting

· Collapse

I am concerned about my pet’s health in general but I do not think it is an emergency?

To respect social distancing rules we are replacing our standard consultation service with video and telephone consultations. Please contact the practice to arrange an appointment.

Can I bring my pet in for an INITIAL VACCINATION COURSE?

If you have a puppy, we recommend that they are vaccinated as normal to ensure they are fully protected from parvovirus, hepatitis, distemper and leptospirosis. We have limited appointments but will do our best to fit these in when we can.

For kittens we advise to delay initial vaccination at the moment and keep them indoors. If they are not going outside they will not be in contact with other cats who could pass any illnesses on to them prior to vaccination. We advise that you then get this booked in as soon as possible when government restrictions are reduced.

We will review this on a regular basis and provide further updates if government advice changes.

Can I bring my pet in for its ANNUAL VACCINATION BOOSTER?

We can postpone this vaccine for up to 3 months after the due date without requiring a restart. In these exceptional times we ask that you delay the booster until up to a maximum 3 months after the due date.

Can I bring in my pet my for a HEALTH CHECK?

Not at this moment in time because this is not deemed critical. However, depending on availability, we may be able to conduct a health check via a video or telephone consultation. Please ask the practice for further information.

Can I bring my pet in for NAIL CLIPS? Or to have their ANAL GLANDS expressed?

This should be postponed if your pet is not in any danger of feeling discomfort. If you are uncertain whether this is the case please arrange a video consultation or telephone consultation with the vet or the nurse.

How can I get my FLEA, WORM, TICK and FLYSTRIKE treatments?

It is important that you continue to give your pet the appropriate treatments. We are happy to dispense these on request and are able to post them to avoid journeys to the practice. Please contact us to make suitable arrangements.

Or REPEAT FOOD and MEDICATIONS?

It is important that you continue to give your pet the appropriate food and medication. We are happy to dispense these on request and are able to post them to avoid journeys to the practice. Please contact us to make suitable arrangements.

Can my pet still have ELECTIVE OPERATIONS such as Neutering and Lumps removals?

These operations are not deemed to be critical during these extraordinary times and we therefore ask that you postpone these procedures until government guidelines on social distancing changes.

What about ULTRASOUNDS and BLOOD TESTS?

The practice can deem whether this would be critical or not – please contact us if you are unsure.

The above still hasn’t answered my question?

Please contact us directly