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COVID-19 Update - 19 March

Currently there is limited evidence that companion animals can be infected with, or spread this virus. We also do not know if they could get sick from coronavirus. Additionally, there is currently NO evidence that companion animals could be a source of infection to people. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

As a precaution, The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:

• Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.

• If you are sick with COVID-19, have someone else look after your pet and avoid contact with them, same as you would other humans once isolated. If you have no option, and must care for your pet while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. Avoid petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked and sharing food.

If your pet develops an unexplained illness and has been exposed to a person with COVID-19, PLEASE CALL US FIRST – let us know that you have a sick pet that has been exposed to a person with COVID-19. This will allow us to decide whether veterinary attention is required and give us time to prepare an isolation area.

There is absolutely NO evidence that vaccinating dogs with commercially available vaccines will provide cross-protection against the infection by COVID-19. No vaccines are currently available in any market for respiratory coronavirus infection in the dog.

Visiting an NCVC Clinic

Please ensure you cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow, immediately dispose of any tissues in the bins provided.

Our strong clinic and Best Practice general hygiene and cleaning standards, across the clinic and on farms, gives you an assurance we are doing our best to keep visitors safe. As well, we are continually communicating with staff regarding their wellbeing and travel movements. We are not taking any risks, with the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and clients, this remains our main focus.

If you have any concerns about visiting one of our clinics with your pet please let us know.

What Happens if I'm Isolated and Need Something for My Pet?

If you find yourself unwell, and quarantined, but call us and we can work through a solution.

We appreciate these are difficult and challenging times, as circumstances continue to develop we will monitor the situation closely and act quickly on the advice of health authorities, we appreciate your support and patience as this occurs, and will communicate with you as often as required.

About the author

North Canterbury Vets are a mixed practice which deals with dairy cows, beef, sheep, deer, horses and alpacas as well as companion animals. Our team has an ethical focus to assist in developing and growing our clients' businesses and providing quality health care to ensure that their livestock and pets live healthy and productive lives.

Our Clinics

North Canterbury Veterinary Clinics operates four clinics throughout the Hurunui region.