It’s important that all Australians adhere to Government directions and guidelines to deal with this unprecedented viral challenge.
Advice from the Australian Veterinary Association to pet owners
The Haberfield Veterinary Hospital is doing everything possible to help pet owners obtain treatment for their pets at this stressful time.
1.The hospital is cleaned regularly to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
2.During consultations, to minimise any spread, all doors and windows are open so please make sure your dog is on a lead and your cat in a secure basket.
3. Keep a safe distance from other clients at all times. Feel free to wait outside until called.
4. It’s best to just have one owner come to the hospital with a pet. Only one owner will be allowed in the consultation room at any time. You will be asked to let the nurse hold your animal for examination.
5. We are always happy to give any advice over the phone and you can email us.
6. We regret to inform you that we can’t offer house calls or a pick up and delivery service at this time.
7. If you would like to have a consultation over Skype rather than coming to the vet hospital please phone to arrange.
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that infect birds and mammals, including humans. They are often associated with the common cold, bronchitis and pneumonia, and can also affect the gut. The virus that causes COVID-19 is also a coronavirus and likely originated from a wildlife reservoir.
Canine coronavirus, which can cause diarrhoea, and feline coronavirus, which can cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), have been seen by veterinarians for many years. They do not cause infections in humans. These coronaviruses are not associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Can COVID-19 infect pets?
There have been reports from Hong Kong that a dog owned by a patient with COVID-19 has tested positive to the presence of the virus in its nose and mouth. This is may be a case of human to animal transmission, however the dog’s first blood tests have been negative. At this stage there is no evidence that pet dogs or cats are a source of infection to other animals or humans. We are continuing to monitor this situation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.
Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?
As the outbreak continues, a number of pet owners will be placed in quarantine, either with confirmed COVID-19 infection or due to exposure. We know that your pet is part of your family and you will want them to have the same level of protection and care as any other family member. Current information suggests there is no apparent risk to you or your pet from being in quarantine with you. However, we do advise all pet owners continue to practice appropriate hand hygiene before and after handling their pet, their food and washing food/water bowls. At no stage should pet owners do anything that may compromise the welfare of their pets. We suggest minimising close contact with your pet during this time, such as hugging, face to face contact or sleeping on your bed.
What do I do if I am in quarantine or self-isolation and my pet is unwell?
If you are in quarantine, do not break quarantine to take your pet to the veterinarian even if your pet is unwell. By doing this you will put your veterinarian and staff at risk of infection. Ring your veterinary surgery first and ask for advice. If your pet needs to be seen, your veterinarian will be able to work with you to ensure your pet will receive the care they need, while keeping themselves and their staff safe from COVID-19 infection. If your vet provides house calls, please let them know you are under quarantine before they arrive.
If you have any other concerns about your pet, please ask your veterinarian.
Note that this is a rapidly evolving situation and advice provided here is reflective of the evidence at hand (16-03-20). For up to date information on the COVID-19 situation in Australia go to health.gov.au
Please phone or email us at any time for advice. If coming to the hospital,
phone ahead to check how busy we are.
Pick up ordered food and drugs between 12 and 5pm to avoid a crush!
The Haberfield Veterinary Hospital is a community based fully equipped veterinary hospital, and our primary concern is animal health and welfare.
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We here at the Haberfield Veterinary Hospital have a keen sense of our connection to the community, both locally and at large. Our support for the local community extends from the service we are so pleased to be able to give to our many clients, (some of whom have been with us since we opened our doors in 1975), to various local community groups and institutions such as our schools. We are very honoured by the loyalty of our many clients, who appreciate that all members of staff at the Haberfield Veterinary Hospital are keenly interested in doing their utmost to ensure that all animals receive the best possible level of veterinary care within a supportive community context.
We are committed to the advancement of veterinary science and are proud to be a supporter of the Australian Companion Animals' Health Foundation (ACAHF). The ACAHF gives grants for research on small animal diseases.
We support the Australian Veterinary Association's Animal Welfare Trust which provides grants for research into animal welfare.
We also support Vets Beyond Borders, an important organisation that provides veterinary care and seeks to improve animal welfare in the Asia Pacific region.
We support the Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA) by hosting veterinarians from developing countries and donating veterinary equipment and instruments to veterinarians in these countries.
UNIVERSITY SUPPORT PRACTICE
The Haberfield Veterinary Hospital provides the opportunity for Veterinary Science students from the University of Sydney to train with us.