NEW As of Monday, November 1st, we have a new set of consult protocols

Coronavirus & Pets: Can Your Furry Friends Get and Spread COVID-19?

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, clients have concerns regarding the health and welfare of their pets. We would like to assure you that currently there is no evidence pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection to humans or other animals. There is also only limited evidence that companion animals can become infected with SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Alpha-corona viruses can cause mild diarrhoea in dogs and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) in cats, but these are not associated with the beta-coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The recent coronavirus outbreak in greyhounds in Western Australia was due to this “enteric” coronavirus, not COVID-19.

There is a vaccination available for dogs against the enteric coronavirus, however there is no evidence that this will protect against COVID-19. It is advised not to use this vaccine in the face of the current outbreak.

The reported companion dog in Hong Kong that tested “weak positive” to COVID-19, had no symptoms, was found to only carry low levels of viral components (RNA). This may indicate that the dog had a low level of infection or may have tested weak positive due to environmental contamination.

We do recommend owners take precautionary steps around their pets:

  • Wash your hand before and after interacting with your pet.
  • Avoid sharing food or allowing your pet lick your face or mouth.
  • If you are sick restrict close contact with your pet or if close contact is unavoidable wear a face mask if available.
  • If your dog has been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19 but is well, there is currently no evidence that the virus is spread from companion animals to people or other animals.
  • If your dog has been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19 and develops an unexplainable illness please contact us or your public health official.

We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will update any information and advice as needed.

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New Consult Protocols

  • In light of the recent lockdown changes our consult protocols will change from Monday November 1st.
  • Fully vaccinated clients may enter the building upon showing proof of vaccination.
  • If you are unvaccinated or do not have proof, contactless consults can still occur.
  • Please note there is a limit of one client per consult room and facemasks are mandatory indoors at all times.