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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM EDGEWATER ANIMAL REGARDING HOURS OF OPERATION AND COVID-19

We at Edgewater Animal continue to monitor the situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. As a veterinary office, we will stay open to provide necessary care to our pets. However, we will continue to sanitize, take steps to provide a healthy environment and follow recommended guidelines. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment and to receive special instructions from us.

Based on information from the AVMA, there is no evidence that pets can contract or carry COVID-19. However, out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19, or ill with similar symptoms, limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding, and playing. You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions (e.g., wash hands before and after interacting with your pet.

Our office philosophy has always been to practice high-level and low-volume vet care in a clean, safe and professional environment. When appropriate we will try to move clients and pets immediately into exam rooms, provide check outs in the exam rooms, and get as much medical history on the phone, or via on-line forms or email prior to appointments. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment and to receive special instructions from us.

$50 OFF FIRST VISIT BY APPOINTMENT: NEW CLIENT PROMOTION. CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT OR CLICK THE REQUEST APPOINTMENT BUTTON. Excludes travel certificate appointments and walk-ins.

$50 off first visit by appointment. For new clients only. Call for an appointment or click the Request Appointment button. Excludes travel/health certificate appointments and walk-ins.

Pets and Coronavirus COVID-19

Health officials and the general public across the U.S. and all over the world are on high alert due to COVID-19, a disease that causes flu-like symptoms in people, including mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-nCoV). 

While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. At this point, there is no evidence to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. As always, careful hand washing after being around animals, and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease. 

Information about COVID-19, including guidelines, are being collected, studied and updated regularly by the health care and scientific communities. As there is so much information available to the public, we recommend getting information that comes directly from medical and science experts and other medical/scientific organizations such as the Center for Disease Control.

Lastly, there is a different type of canine coronavirus in dogs that can infect the intestinal tract in dogs and cause diarrhea in dogs. However the symptoms are usually inapparent or cause only mild symptoms- for this reason the canine corona vaccine is not recommended by most animal disease experts. Also, it is difficult to assess vaccine effectiveness since the symptoms are rare and often self-limiting.  

 

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