As we are all aware by now, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected just about every part of our daily lives. We understand the concern pet owners have about what this means for their furry friends and how to care for them. We at Bark Avenue Enterprises want to share with you these three things.
#1: Rely on reputable sources for current COVID-19 information
While you can turn to Facebook for insider information on where to find toilet paper, avoid using social media as your main source about COVID-19. Instead, rely on major animal and human health organizations for the most current, accurate research about this evolving situation. A few reputable sources include:
#2: There is no evidence to indicate pets can become ill with COVID-19
A major veterinary diagnostic laboratory tested thousands of canine and feline samples for COVID-19 when validating a veterinary test, but found no positive results. Additionally, the CDC and WHO have received zero reports of a pet who was ill from COVID-19. Based on the current evidence, health officials have declared there is no indication that pets can become sick from COVID-19. So, your coughing dog is likely not sick with COVID-19, but another disease, such as kennel cough, congestive heart failure, or a collapsing trachea.
#3: We’re taking every precaution to protect you and our team while still keeping your pet healthy
As a vital part of the health care community, we will remain open and continue to provide important medical care for your pet. As this situation continues to unfold, we have made various protocol changes and may continue to make changes as necessary. Here are a couple of things that are currently in place:
- Curbside service — We now offer curbside pick up and drop off for all appointments. When you arrive at either Bark Avenue Animal Hospital, please call (480) 807-5524 or at Noe’s Ark Animal Hospital, please call (480) 830-6810 and inform the staff of your name, your pet’s name, and whether you are here for an appointment or a medication refill. Please also let them know the make/color of your car.
- Increased sanitation — We have increased our already rigorous sanitation routines, and are more frequently wiping down doorknobs, counters, and commonly used items.
You can also read more about what we’ve implemented here.
It’s been said, but it bears repeating: We will get through this together! Thank you for your patience and kindness as we’ve implemented changes to keep everyone safe and healthy. As always, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.