Veterinarians are an Essential Community Service and Animal Emergency Clinic (AEC-D) is deeply committed to fulfilling our dual responsibilities:
The continuing care of our thousands of patients, and the protection of our staff and our clients, many of whom have become our friends over the years.
We will therefore remain OPEN and STAFFED 7 days a week at normal operation hours (MON-FRI 5PM to 8AM) And (SAT: 4:30PM to 8AM) with multiple doctors available to tend to all urgent and emergency cases. All sick and/or injured dogs and cats will continue to receive an exemplary medical and surgical care. To protect both staff and clients, the following expanded protocol will be in place starting in the afternoon of:
Thursday, March 19th 2020
Clients will NOT be permitted to accompany their pet into the building
A staff member, appropriately protected, will receive the pet outside the building.
Cats must be in carriers, dogs must be in carriers OR on a leash.
We will exchange leashes and wipe down carriers.
Communication will be via phone with the doctors, technicians, receptionists, and clients.
Prescriptions, foods, supplements will be charged out then made available for pickup at outside area.
Please, text or call us at (954) 428-9888 for any questions, medication refills and others.
Thank you for your understand and support as we continue to care for your pets. This is our community and we are dedicated to preserving the health and wellbeing of both pets and people. As one of the pillars of this community, we ask that everyone pull together, with kindness and compassion to overcome this unprecedented challenge.
Q&A: COVID-19 and Pets
There has been a preliminary report that a dog in Hong Kong tested weakly positive for the COVID-19 virus. This, however, has not been independently verified. According to the CDC, no animals in the United States have been identified with the virus that causes COVID-19 at this time. However, what we know about COVID-19 is continuously evolving as new evidence and cases emerge. Therefore, though the risk of a person passing COVID-19 to a pet appears to be very low, the CDC advises that pet owners diagnosed with COVID-19 still take precautions.
The CDC recommends that people who are sick with COVID-19 restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like they would restrict their contact with other people. When possible, a member of the household other than the individual who is ill should care for any animals in the household. Those infected with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Those who must care for a pet, or who will be around animals while sick, should wear an appropriate facemask and wash hands thoroughly before and after interacting with those animals.
According to the CDC, there is no evidence at this time that dogs, cats, or other pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals
No, there is no veterinary nor human vaccine available at this time for COVID-19.
For the latest information about COVID-19 visit the CDC and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)