What we’re doing to keep you safe:
PARKING LOT CHECK-INS
During these uncertain times, Woodside Animal Hospital is following similar guidelines set forth by human medical facilities and is offering curbside appointments. In keeping with the CDC’s request for social distancing, we are limiting the number of humans we allow in the hospital at any given time. Thus, we are currently checking patients in from the parking lot. Owners will remain in their cars during their pets’ exams.
We do have a phone number specifically dedicated to check-in. This number is posted in the parking lot and can be provided to you if you call our main line 360-871-3335. We ask that you not use this number for reasons other than checking in.
Please make sure you bring a working cellphone with you for your pet’s appointment. Your pet’s veterinarian will be calling you to discuss treatment.
TYPES OF EXAMS
To allow for social distancing, we have limited the number of staff we have in the building at any given time. Thus, we are not offering preventative care appointments, toenail trims, or performing elective procedures/surgeries at this time. If your pet is due for an annual exam but you have health concerns for your pet, please let us know when you request an appointment.
The decision to limit appointments was not made lightly, but the health and wellbeing of our community and your pets remain our top priorities. Offering elective appointments hinders our ability to help those pets experiencing medical emergencies. We are still seeing ill and injured patients and will continue to do so for as long as permitted.
To allow us to more diligently focus on our already detailed cleaning regimens, we have increased the length of all appointments. This also enables our team to spend the extra time necessary checking patients in, discussing treatment plans, and discharging patients in a thorough manner. Please allow extra time in your schedule to accommodate these increased precautions.
Our online pharmacy is a great option for prescription requests. They will deliver medications and food right to your door! Bet yet, all products purchased through our pharmacy are guaranteed by manufacturers—this is not the case for all online pharmacies.
While we are all concerned about the current global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, there is no need to add your furry friend to your worries. Here is some helpful information:
General Information about Coronavirus:
- There are numerous forms of coronavirus strains, some of which do affect mammals, but these usually cause very mild symptoms.
- It is very uncommon for these forms of coronavirus to be transmitted from animals to humans.
- Although the new coronavirus is thought to have originated from wild animals (likely from bats to another intermediate host and then to humans) it is only recently known to cause disease in humans.
Many clients have called asking if they can give coronavirus to their pet or vice versa. They mention reports from Hong Kong of a dog and its person having COVID-19. We would like to address this concern directly:
- The dog was in very close contact with the owner and the virus likely shed from the human to the dog’s nose. Most recently, (March 12th, 2020) it has been reported that the dog was quarantined after its owner was hospitalized. Tests done on the dog reveal weak positive results for both nasal and oral samples taken on February 28th and for the nasal samples on March 2nd and March 5th. The dog continues to show no signs of illness.
- There is currently no known case of dogs or cats becoming ill from the new coronavirus.
Some Tips to Keep You and Your Pet Safe:
Per the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention):
- If you are sick with the coronavirus: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. 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.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.
- Most importantly: Wash Your Hands thoroughly and frequently.
- Pay attention to the CDC, Health Department, and advice from your doctor. Visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html for details from the CDC.
- The current information about animals and the new coronavirus is available at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE): https://www.oie.int/en/scientific-expertise/specific-information-and-recommendations/questions-and-answers-on-2019novel-coronavirus/
- Do not put a face mask on your pet. This will not prevent spread and is likely to cause breathing problems.