How to Safely Take Your Pet to the Veterinarian During a Pandemic
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How to Safely Take Your Pet to the Veterinarian During a Pandemic

Read on to learn how to safely take your pet to the vet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a time when many are being asked to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be hard to know when or if it’s appropriate to bring your pet to the veterinarian. While some businesses and organizations are classified as non-essential, you may wonder what that means for your furry family member. Let’s be clear, veterinary professionals are essential

In this time of uncertainty, you need a plan to help protect your family—which includes your pets. So, what if you need to seek medical care for your best friend?

From wellness care to specialty care, we want to be a resource for you. Read on to learn how to safely communicate with and take your pet to the veterinarian, and tips to help those who work so hard for your furry friend.  

What you need to know about taking your pet to the veterinarian during COVID-19

Consider these tips before you take your pet to the vet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Call your veterinarian first

If you think you may need to seek medical care for your pet, we have some tips to consider before you make the trip. Hospitals may have special hours, staffing, and guidelines to best serve your family while keeping you and your family safe. 

Consider the following tips below:

  • Call your veterinarian to see if they have changed hours of operations
  • Also, some veterinary clinics are offering a concierge experience. It’s helpful to have the expectation that you will not be able to enter the hospital with your pet. Curbside drop off and touchless mobile payment during check-out are becoming more available at many clinics.
  • Consider supporting your family veterinarians by using their online or in-house pharmacy.

While it may be a new experience for you, technology can allow for text, chat and video choices for your pet’s medical care. Talk to your veterinarian about which options are available for your best friend.

Steps to take if you need to take your pet to the veterinarian

Safety is what’s most important for you, your veterinarian and your pet. If your pet needs medical care, call ahead and ask your veterinarian how they’re admitting pets. You may need to make an appointment and wait in your car when you get there.

Also, it’s recommended to keep your distance and wash your hands when you’re out in public. Be mindful of touching surfaces, doors, and keep sanitizer and your own pen with you to sign any papers. Keep your dog on a leash at all times, and if you have a cat, keep them in a carrier.

Most importantly, please stay safe. If you’re feeling sick ask a healthy family member to take your pet to the veterinarian.

How can you help support your local veterinary clinic?

The veterinary team is on the frontlines giving the best medical care possible and putting their own safety at risk for your furry friends. Please have patience and remember they’re doing everything they can to help your pets.

In this time of uncertainty, an act of kindness may be just what your pet’s medical staff needs. The veterinary staff is putting their health and wellness on the line to help your pets.

Consider these ways to help the veterinary heroes below:

And if you’d prefer to be hands-free, consider a digital way to say thank you. Take to social media and thank the veterinary staff for all they do, or leave your hospital a positive online review.

Also, you could send a thank you email, e-card or arrange for food to be delivered to the clinic for curbside pickup.

Take your pet to vet safely during the COVID-19 pandemic: If you're feeling sick, consider asking a healthy family member to take your pet to get medical care.

We’re all in this together

This is an unknown time. But by following safety guidelines, staying positive, and checking in with your veterinarian, we can get through this together. The health and safety of your family, as well as the entire veterinary community, is what matters most.

If you need anything, we’re here for you and your pets. 24/7/365. Our pet-loving specialists are just a phone call away. 888.626.0932.

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