We know you are probably tired of hearing about coronavirus updates from every business under the sun, so we will try to keep this newsletter brief but informative.
You may have seen some articles about animals infected with COVID-19, including pet cats at home and tigers at the Bronx Zoo. These are interesting new developments, but we wanted to stress one important fact: Humans are likely spreading this to their pets and NOT the other way around! DO NOT abandon your pets because of this pandemic!
During these uncertain times, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers the following recommendations for caring for your pet:
“If you are ill with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed with a test), restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would with other people; have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick; avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.”
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of handwashing, social distancing, avoiding touching your face, and wearing face masks in public. That includes washing your hands after touching any animals. This will help keep you and your pets healthy!
For the past few weeks, Cats on Broadway has been offering curbside veterinary services in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus while providing necessary care. We invite your feedback on this service. Do you prefer these stay-in-your-car types of appointments? How might we improve? Let us know!
Stay well, everybody and everykitty. We will see you next month!