Rau Animal Hospital:
2135 Jenkintown Road
Glenside, PA 19038
215-515-5542
Fax: 215-884-8851
Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8am - 9:30pm
Sat: 8am - 4pm
Sun: 8am - 3pm
 
 
 

Here at Rau Animal Hospital, it is our passion and privilege to be the guardian of your pet’s healthcare. As your trusted advisor, it is also our responsibility to keep you appraised of any potential threats to your animal’s welfare. Read more >>

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Update 4/24/20

CDC Guidelines for Pets

At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Based on the limited data available, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by the virus and the role animals may play in the spread of COVID-19.

We are still learning about this virus, and it appears that in some rare situations, people can spread the virus to animals.

  • If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would with people.
  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them and wear a cloth face covering.
  • Until we know more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other family members to prevent them from getting infected.

 

Although we know certain bacteria and fungi can be carried on fur and hair, there is no evidence that viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets.

  • Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where large numbers of people and dogs gather.
  • Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other people or animals.
  • Because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.
  • Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies.
  •  Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after pets properly.

 

Visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website for more information on keeping animals and people safe and healthy.

At this time, routine testing of animals for this new coronavirus is not recommended.

Additional resources

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019 Novel Coronavirus
  3. CDC Handwashing Guidelines
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy Pets Healthy People
  5. US Department of Agriculture Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
  6. NASPHV Model Infection Control Plan for Veterinary Practices, 2015
  7. NASPHV Veterinary Standard Precautions
  8. NASPHV State Public Health Veterinarians
  9. Listing of State Animal Health Officials
  10. American Veterinary Medical Association COVID-19 webpage
  11. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Respiratory Protection Standard
  12. World Organisation for Animal Health Questions and Answers on 2019 Novel Coronavirus
  13. World Health Organization Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
  14. World Health Organization Novel Coronavirus Q&A

To our much-valued clients:

Here at Rau Animal Hospital it is our passion and privilege to be the guardian of your pet’s healthcare. As your trusted advisor, it is also our responsibility to keep you appraised of any potential threats to your animal’s welfare.

Can my pet be infected by COVID-19?

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, currently, there is no evidence that pets can be a source of infection, or spread COVID-19 to people. But this is a fluid situation, and as we learn more, we will update you.

Although our top priority has always been the well-being of pets, please know we are also committed to the health and safety of our employees. To this commitment, we have in place, and are following, protocols for infectious diseases. We are diligently cleaning and disinfecting our facility and are confident we can safely treat your pets. We are only allowing employees in our building. When you arrive for an appointment, please call us from the parking lot. We will take pertinent information and then one of our staff will come out and get your pet. After the exam, the doctor will contact you via your cell with findings and recommendations. Our front desk staff will then take payment over the phone.

Please know you are in good hands with us. But if you have a special situation or still have concerns, contact our office and we are prepared to make additional or alternative arrangements to see that your pet receives the care it needs.

In the meantime, the best information on this outbreak is found at the CDC website, and we recommend caution and common sense.

All of us at Rau Animal Hospital are grateful for your loyalty and appreciate the privilege to be part of your families’ healthcare. Any questions or concerns please contact us.