COVID-19 Update

Important Updates Regarding COVID-19

As always RotterdamVeterinary Hospital is focused on the health and safety of our patients, our clients, and our staff. In accordance with recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association, Central Veterinary Hospital is taking the following steps to help manage the COVID19 emergency.

1. Please refrain from coming to the office if you are sick or have a known exposure to COVID19. Our receptionists are happy to assist you in rescheduling your appointment. There is no fee for cancellation, and doing so in a timely fashion allows us to prioritize pets who need to be seen.

2. We are now pleased to offer curb side assistance. This will help us keep down traffic in the lobby. Please call the front desk at arrival for your scheduled appointment to check in. A staff member will greet you at your vehicle and escort you into the office.

3. We will now devote more of our schedule to drop off exams. Clients can call the front desk to schedule a drop off visit. These appointments allow you to drop off your pet, receive communication over the phone or via email from one of our doctors or staff, and then schedule a pick up time. Again, please utilize our curb side service and call when you arrive for a drop-off appointment.

4. We will work to minimize our time in closed exam rooms with clients, both for the safety of our clients and staff. Please allow our trained assistants and technicians to help hold your pet during in-person appointments.

5. Please contact us via email with any routine questions that may eliminate your pet’s need for an in-person visit. At this time we have not shortened available hours, however, we will keep you updated with any changes.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow best practices for the Rotterdam Veterinary Hospital Community. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Coronavirus

By now you are aware of the Coronavirus outbreak and its presence in New York State.  The Rotterdam Veterinary Hospital wants to provide a safe environment for our clients and our staff.  If you have an appointment and have a known exposure or if you are currently sick, please call our office and a receptionist will be happy to assist you in rescheduling your appointment. If rescheduling is not an option please try to make arrangements to bring your pet in by another party.   We thank you for your understanding and any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Below is a statement from the AVMA: for additional information see link below 

While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.


Flea and Tick Season

Flea and Tick Season is upon us.  Visit these websites for the latest on prevention.  Make sure your pets are protected with monthly flea and tick preventative!

 

http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/lifestyle/ticks-101

http://www.capcvet.org/

http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/lifestyle/fleas-101

Protect Your Pet From The Cold

Tips on how to protect your pet during cold weather from Pet Health Network

 

http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/video/protect-your-pet-cold

Are Human Medicines Ok for Pets?

From our friends at Pet Health Network.

Dr. Michel talks about the dangers of giving human medications to pets. Because human medications can be very toxic to dogs and cats, it's not a good idea to self-diagnose your pet and give him or her medicine without first consulting your veterinarian. 

 

Why do dogs drag their butts?

Dr. Michel Hardaker gives you the story along with our friends at Pet Health Network

Protecting Your Dog from Fleas and Ticks

When you protect your pets from fleas and ticks you're also protecting the the people around them.

From our friends at Pet Health Network.

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