Mobile Veterinary Care and COVID-19

Hi SDNV family,

I have made a very hard decision for not only the health of our clients and my team, but also for the greater San Diego community. We will be postponing all in home appointments until April 13th. I will be providing telemedicine appointments for established clients who’s pets have medical concerns we have already assessed in person. Unfortunately, new medical issues that we have not assessed in person will need to be referred to a clinic. 

When we begin seeing appointments again the following changes to our practice will be implemented. 

  • All owners will be called prior to the visit to confirm that no one in the household or that they have had exposure to has tested positive or has been recommended to self-quarantine in the last 14 days.
  • Strict social distancing of 6 feet will be adhered to at all times with no exceptions.
  • Dogs will be examined outside of the home if possible. This can be done in the back, front or side yard. If you live in an apartment complex this can be done in the courtyard. 
  • If we have to enter your home full PPE will be worn by our veterinarians and technical staff (due to concerns with the virus living on surfaces). This includes disposable booties, eye protection (goggles or face shield), face mask and gloves. 

We have received a lot of questions regarding pets and whether they can contract or carry the corona virus. Research in understanding the role of domestic pets and COVID-19 is still needed. The following bullet points provide the most up to date and pertinent information regarding COVID-19 and your pets.

  • Cats and dogs get Alphacoronaviruses. COVID-19 is a Betacoronavirus, which is a different genus and species. Therefore, canine coronavirus vaccine will not be cross-protective. 
  • Two dogs in China have tested positive for the virus genetic material but never became symptomatic and did not mount an immune response (produce antibodies against the virus). There is currently no evidence that dogs can be a source of infection for humans, but research is ongoing to determine if they can be fomites (the virus may live on their fur or other body parts).
  • Veterinary services are considered essential, but the current recommendation is that all elective procedures and routine wellness visits be postponed. 
  • Vaccines are considered essential due to the risk to pets and human health; in particular rabies. 

In summary, we will be dealing with this for longer than any of us could have imagined. This is a fluid situation and all the aforementioned information is subject to change. We promise to keep you up to date on all changes to our practice and any information that is important for pet owners to know. 

As always, please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions or concerns. 

Best,

Dr. Rose

858.249.8707

sandiegoneighborhoodvet@gmail.com