Everyone’s Safety is Everyone’s Problem

Many states are beginning to ease restrictions and start a phased reopening of currently shuttered businesses.

As you can well imagine during this transition phase, there may be some confusion regarding what ‘appropriate protective measures’ means and therefore we may see a transient increase in COVID exposure and diagnosed COVID-19 cases.

“Health officials are warning states not to reopen businesses or allow large gatherings too quickly, for fear of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. But governors are under pressure to stimulate local economies that have been hit hard by closures.”

– (https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/493717-heres-when-all-50-states-plan-to-reopen-after-coronavirus-restrictions)

The very real concern is not the current diagnosed cases of COVID, who are generally in quarantine or in hospitals.  The concern is the estimated 50% to 80% of asymptomatic carriers that you may come into contact with each day, that pose the real threat.

  • A new report based on data from China finds that for every known case of infection, there could be up to 10 people with the virus that remain unidentified in the community. (https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-many-coronavirus-cases-are-there)
  • Or like Jeffrey Shaman said “It’s the undocumented infections which are driving the spread of the outbreak. (Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health)

We are fortunate to only have a few ‘diagnosed’ cases of COVID, per capita, in our local area, but it is never wise to unnecessarily temp fate by acting foolishly.

Not wanting to tempt fate, act foolishly or gamble with the health of our staff or clients at our hospitals, the current COVID-19 Pet Care Protocols* at Dunedin Animal Medical Center (Dunedin) and Community Animal Hospitals (St Petersburg) will continue without change.
Pets are receiving the same level of AAHA care now that they were before the COVID-19 pandemic began, therefore there is no compelling reason to unnecessarily increase exposure of our staff or clients by changing protocols that have proven effective.

We will continue monitoring the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19, and make pet care protocol changes when we feel it is safe to do so.

*Veterinary Clinic Pet Care Protocols

(only primary Pet Care Protocols listed below)

  • Curbside services will remain in effect
  • All pets will be treated absent owners in the hospital
  • All hospital staff wear surgical masks while in the hospital and meeting clients outside
  • We request that all clients wear a face covering while meeting hospital staff outside.