We all just want things to go back to normal, don’t we? Like how it was before coronavirus completely changed all of our lives. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening. New cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Ohio and in many parts of the U.S. New case numbers in Ohio this past week exceeded 1,000 for the first time since April. Scary and frustrating. So for the safety of our staff, we will continue to utilize Curbside Care for the foreseeable future.
Curbside Care is a way for us to protect our staff while still maintaining our high level of service and care for your kitties. Only staff members will be allowed inside our hospital, except in life-ending situations. All our staff will wear masks both in the hospital and while bringing cats and supplies to your car. We would very much appreciate your consideration in wearing a mask while interacting with our staff. Masks have been shown to reduce coronavirus transmission by 50–85%. Our staff will also be using gloves when handling cat carriers, and we will be wiping down carriers with a disinfectant for your safety and ours. Our staff wash and disinfect their hands after handling every patient and frequently at other times. We also use a disinfectant to clean surfaces after every cat, and all our equipment is cleaned frequently. Our surgery and dental instruments are autoclaved (steam sterilized) after every patient.
During your cat’s visit with us, we will continue to make every effort to make your cat comfortable in your absence. We offer treats, pets, kind words and a gentle manner to all our patients. For those kitties that are extremely stressed, our veterinarians may recommend sedation. Our doctors will call you after examining your cat to discuss their findings and recommend a diagnostic and treatment plan specific to your concerns about your cat.
Coronavirus and your cat
By now, you’ve probably all heard of some house cats that have been diagnosed with COVID-19. It appears clear that cats are susceptible to the virus. Luckily, no deaths in pet cats have been documented. So, if you are sick with symptoms that might be consistent with COVID-19, please have someone else care for your cat if at all possible. Wear a mask to protect your cat and discourage him/her from cuddling with you until you feel better or receive a negative coronavirus test.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If it is urgent, please call our office at 614-486-7877. We are here to help, even if we are unable to provide face-to-face care at this time.
Dr. Cohn and the staff of Purrfect Care Feline Medical Center