To the valued clients of Deep River Animal Hospital:
We now invite you and your pets into our hospital. We ask, however, that if you are sick (respiratory disease) or clients who have potentially been exposed or who have tested positive for COVID-19 to not bring their pets to the clinic. Please make other arrangements for the pet to be brought in.
Masks are not required - they remain optional..
Per the AVMA regarding COVID-19 and our pets: “Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them. As always, careful hand washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease. The national Association of State Public Health Veterinarians’ (NASPHV) compendium of standard precautions is a good reference for appropriate infection control in veterinary practices.”
American Veterinary Medical Association: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19
CT Department of Health: https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Local-Health-Admin/LHA/Connecticut-Local-Health-Middlesex-County
Thank you for your understanding and patience in this situation,
The Doctors and Staff at Deep River Animal Hospital