UPDATED: May 28, 2020
I hope you have been able to enjoy a relaxing and safe holiday weekend. My thoughts go out to all of you who are remembering loved ones who gave their lives serving our country and also those that have been lost to the pandemic we are currently fighting.
It is hard to believe that it has been almost 3 months since our lives changed so dramatically. We are all anxious to inch back towards the “normal life” we once enjoyed. With many businesses reopening, some of you have asked about when we will be able to welcome you back into our hospital once more. At this point in time, we will continue to explore ways that we can do this safely while we continue with curbside service. To help understand my decision, I share with you the following:
1. Guidelines regarding risk of COVID-19 transmission
The more time you spend and the closer in space you are to any infected people, the higher your risk. Interacting with more people raises your risk, and indoor places are riskier than outdoors.
2. The Veterinarian’s Oath
“Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.
I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.”
Most people don’t think of veterinarians as people who work to protect public health, but that is a big part of our training and is integral to our work. We have been trained to and work to protect you from diseases such as Rabies, Toxoplasmosis, Cat Scratch Fever (yes, it’s real), Lyme Disease, Ringworm and other diseases. Now we must use those same skills to protect against transmission of COVID-19 to you and to our staff.
We recognize that continuing curbside service may be reassuring to some of you and frustrating to others. We miss seeing all of you. Please know that although continuing curbside service is much more labor-intensive on our side we feel that it is our only choice right now given the information that we have and our role in keeping everyone safe.
As we settle into our new routines working in our new normal, we continue to expand our business hours. Starting this week we are extending our weekday hours from 4pm to 5pm. We have also expanded our telemedicine services. If you have concerns about your cat but are reluctant to come in, please call us to discuss if telemedicine is an appropriate option.
As always, stay safe, be well and hug your cats!
- Diana Lafer, DVM, owner Cats Limited Veterinary Hospital