The Australian Veterainary Association have reached out to all Veterinary clinics with advice on how to handle the current situation regarding COVID-19.
Delatite Vet Services will be strictly following the guidelines set out by the AVA, which include ramping up our hygiene practices.
Listed below are some Q & A's from the AVA document that may help you understand the virus and if/how it can affect your pet.
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that infect birds and mammals, including humans. They are often associated with the common cold, bronchitis and pneumonia, and can also affect the gut. The virus that causes COVID-19 is also a coronavirus and likely originated from a wildlife reservoir.
Canine coronavirus, which can cause diarrhoea, and feline coronavirus, which can cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), have been seen by veterinarians for many years. They do not cause infections in humans.
These coronaviruses are not associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Can COVID-19 infect pets?
At this stage there is no evidence that pet dogs or cats are a source of infection to other animals or humans. We are continuing to monitor this situation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.
What do I do if I am in quarantine or self-isolation and my pet is unwell?
If you are in quarantine, do not break quarantine to take your pet to the veterinarian even if your pet is unwell. By doing this you will put your veterinarian and staff at risk of infection. Ring your veterinary surgery first and ask for advice.
If your pet needs to be seen, your veterinarian will be able to work with you to ensure your pet will receive the care they need, while keeping themselves and their staff safe from COVID-19 infection. If your vet provides house calls, please let them know you are under quarantine before they arrive.
Please watch this video from the AVA President Dr. Julia Crawford for further information.
If you have any other concerns about your pet, please ask your veterinarian.
Note that this is a rapidly evolving situation and advice provided here is reflective of the evidence at hand. For up to date information on the COVID-19 situation in Australia go to health.gov.au