COVID-19 Update 14 April

The post updates our practice policies (vaccinations, neutering, medical issues) following the advice given by the British Veterinary Association and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons at the weekend.

If you have a case where you are unsure if animal welfare may be compromised by following these guidelines please get in touch for an individual risk assessment.


Vaccinations

We appreciate that as the lockdown progresses, the chances of an infectious disease outbreak amongst animals increases. We must balance the risk of this against the risk of spreading COVID-19 through increased contact.

DogsWe will now be able to offer the primary course of injections, and the year 1 booster to young dogs. Adult dogs will be asked to delay for another 3 weeks. Your dog has 2 months from the date of revaccination where they are still protected.

If your dog is at particularly high risk e.g. farm dogs with Leptospirosis or if you think you have special circumstances please call us.

Cats – We will continue to ask you to delay vaccinations for another 3 weeks unless your cat lives in a large multi-cat household. In the meantime please keep young unvaccinated cats indoors. Your cat has 2 months from the date of revaccination where they are still protected.

Rabbits – We will now vaccinate rabbits against myxomatosis and RVD

Neutering

Any surgical procedure can result in multiple trips to the practice, especially if there are post-operative complications. We are therefore still seeking to minimise elective procedures.

Dogs – Please continue to delay neutering unless you have a particular problem.

CatsWe will now neuter male cats. We will neuter female cats where not doing so would present a household problem (e.g. colonies, breeding establishments).

Rabbits – We will neuter rabbits where they are kept in mixed sex groups or in cases of aggression.

Medical problems

We will still be offering video and telephone consultations; if we cannot manage the case remotely your pet will be invited in for a physical examination – we will ask you to stay in your car whilst we do this.

We will always be here for you if your pet needs medical assistance.

Microchipping

We will microchip your pet only if they are presented for another urgent reason.


Each veterinary practice is different; out here in rural Northamptonshire we see a very different case load to our city colleagues – not all vet practices will have the same policies. Ours have been developed after careful consideration by all our vets. We will review these policies as circumstances change.

The COVID-19 pandemic is still not under control. We still have to observe social distancing and isolation. We need to preserve oxygen and protective equipment for the NHS. People should only be making essential journeys.

If you have a case where you are unsure if animal welfare may be compromised by following these guidelines please get in touch for an individual risk assessment.

We believe preventative healthcare for our pets is very important, but not at the expense of human health. If you believe your pet is at a high risk, please ring to discuss this with us.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. We are currently working with around half the number of people in the practice; it may take us longer to answer phones and prepare orders during this time.