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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.