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COVID-19 and Pets

To our friends,

We at SVC want you to know that we are here to support all of you and your furry family members. We are doing our best to keep up with the latest information available on the COVID-l9 pandemic and its possible effects on our pets. After testing thousands of pets worldwide, Idexx diagnostic centers have not found any positive cases. As of today (4 /9/2020) there is no evidence that people can catch the virus from their pets. There is, however evidence that people that are infected with the virus can transmit the virus to pets. It is currently believed that dogs will not develop clinical disease. Cats may develop a mild upper respiratory infection. Ferrets appear to be more susceptible to the virus and are more likely to develop symptoms. It is recommended that people that have been tested positive for the disease should delegate pet care to someone else until they are fully recovered to prevent transfer of the virus to the pet. We hope everyone is staying safe and strong during these difficult times. We are here to answer any questions you may have. For the latest info on the COVID-l9 pandemic please go to the CDC website, FDA website or the AVMA website. As new information becomes available we will do our best to get it out to you. We will be continuing our curbside service for the foreseeable future. The well- being of our clients, staff and doctor remain a top priority.

Be well,
Ellen Colwell, DVM