MARCH 27, 2020
Here at IVT, our primary goal is to ensure that our patients have access to the medical care they need while also doing our best to protect our staff, clients, and the community as a whole. We always have and will continue to maintain a safe and sanitary environment at our office.
-At this time, we are still seeing appointments and performing surgeries as scheduled, but we do ask that if you or someone in your household is experiencing any signs of an infections disease or respiratory infection (fever, cough, sneezing, respiratory difficulty, or have been in contact with anyone with the symptoms mentioned), or have recently traveled to any high-risk areas, please advise our staff as soon as possible and highly consider rescheduling your pets appointment until you have been cleared by a health care professional. If you cannot reschedule, we will ask that you remain in your vehicle for the duration of your pets appointment and the staff will bring your pet to see the doctor and he will contact you by phone to discuss his exam findings and treatment plan.
-In order to comply with the current CDC/NY State recommendations on "social distancing", we will be limiting the amount of people that can be in the waiting room at one time. If you are in the office, please maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others. To aid in this, we are recommending that you call us from outside the office to let us know that you are here and wait in your vehicle with your pet until we are ready to see you. At that time, we will call you or come out to get you. Then, you may come into the office and into the exam room with your pet. At this time, we can only accommodate the pet owner and one additional person in the exam room during your appointment.
-Proper "social distancing" protocols must be strictly followed at all times while in our office.
-If you need to refill your pets medication (current/active patients only), please call ahead to allow us time to prepare what your pet needs and discuss your pick-up options. We have the ability to mail medications to you or you can ask for a "curbside pick-up" outside the office.
Thank you for your understanding during this time.
We will update our clients if anything changes going forward.
🆘 Attention friends! We need your help! 🆘
Twin Stills Moonshine in Riverhead has been permitted by the federal government to begin distilling HAND SANITIZER to help meet demand across the country. They will be giving hand sanitizer away for free (while supplies last) for those that need it during these trying times.
🌿 Here is where we need your help! They are in desperate need of ALOE VERA GEL so they can continue to make more sanitizer. They can only accept the clear or green gel at this time. 🌿
We are teaming up with the distillery so we can help them continue their operations. We will be accepting donations of aloe gel at our office.
Donations can be dropped off at our office anytime during our regular business hours. We will continue to collect donations until they no longer need supplies!
You can contact the distillery directly if you are unable to make it to our office.
Thank you in advance if you are able to help!
From the American Veterinary Medical Associaton:
SARS-CoV-2 and domestic animals, including pets
Dog in Hong Kong: On Thursday, February 27, Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) reported that samples obtained on February 26 from the nasal and oral cavities of a pet dog (a 17-year-old Pomeranian whose owner had been diagnosed with COVID-19) had tested “weak positive” for SARS-CoV-2, using a real time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT PCR) test. A fecal sample was negative. The RT PCR test is sensitive, specific, and does not cross-react with other coronaviruses of dogs or cats. A “weak positive” result suggests a small quantity of SARS-CoV-2 RNA was present in the samples, but does not distinguish between RNA detected from intact virus and fragments of RNA. PCR testing was repeated on February 28, March 2, 3, 5, and 10 with continued “weak positive” results. In addition, gene sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the dog and its close human contacts was completed on March 12 and the viral sequences were very similar. A virus isolation test conducted on March 12 was negative. Experts from the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences of the City University of Hong Kong believe the consistency and persistence of the results suggest the virus may have spread from the infected people to the dog in this particular case. Testing was conducted by the laboratories of the AFCD and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong. The latter is an accredited reference laboratory for the WHO for the testing of SARS-COV-2. This pet dog was one of two pet dogs under quarantine. The second pet dog had negative results of tests for the virus. Neither dog showed any signs of being ill with COVID-19. Unfortunately, the dog that tested positive passed away on March 16. The dog was 17 years old and had ongoing health issues that were likely responsible for the death of this dog, rather than COVID-19. We are told the second pet dog has been released from quarantine. On March 19, the AFCD reported that a third dog, a German Shepherd Dog living with an owner testing positive for COVID-19, had also tested positive. Another mixed-breed dog from the same residence tested negative. Neither dog has shown signs of disease. Both dogs are in quarantine and are continuing to be monitored and tested.
Testing of companion animals: To date, there have not been any reports of pets or other animals becoming ill, and there is no evidence that domestic animals, including pets, can spread SARS-CoV-2. Because the situation is ever-evolving, public and animal health officials may decide to test certain animals out of an abundance of caution. The decision to test will be made collaboratively between local, state, and federal animal and public health officials.
After the decision is made to test, state animal health officials will designate a state-appointed veterinarian, USDA-accredited veterinarian, or foreign animal disease diagnostician to collect the sample using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and sample collection methods.
Again, current expert understanding is that COVID-19 is primarily transmitted person-to-person. This supports a recommendation against testing of pets for SARS-CoV-2, except by official order. If dogs or cats present with respiratory signs, veterinarians should test for more common respiratory pathogens.
Pets in homes with owners with COVID-19: Although there have not been reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19, 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. If you are ill with COVID-19 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 your pet or service animal. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. Additional guidance on managing pets in homes where people are sick with COVID-19 is available from the CDC.
Keeping pets safe: For responsible pet owners, preparing in advance is key. Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, with at least two weeks’ worth of your pet’s food and any needed medications. Usually we think about emergency kits like this in terms of what might be needed for an evacuation, but it’s also good to have one prepared in the case of quarantine or self-isolation when you cannot leave your home.
While we are recommending these as good practices, it is important to remember that, to date, there have not been any reports of pets or other animals becoming ill with SARS-CoV-2, and there is currently no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.
New York State on PAUSE
Governor Cuomo announced the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone.
The 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:
- Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
- Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
- Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
- When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
- Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
- Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
- Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
- Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
- Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
- Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes