A message to our valued clients, friends and community.
22 March 2020
We are open as normal
We are closely following the guidelines that have been provided by the Government and our Industry Association and are following the developments daily. All staff members have been fully briefed on the seriousness of what we are facing and the obligation that each of us has as individuals, team members and community members. Please be assured that we have increased our sanitizing procedures throughout the clinic.
Here are our new guidelines to help us keep you and your family safe and healthy.
If your pet needs veterinary attention and:
• You have been overseas within the last 14 days
• You’re experiencing flu-like symptoms
• Need to self-isolate
Please phone us on 07 3300 1533 for advice and we can make a plan to assist you.
We respectfully request that you follow the advice of the health authorities and
refrain from entering the clinic.
In line with social distancing recommendations, we endeavour to keep waiting times and interaction between clients to a minimum.
We ask you to:
• Limit the number of people presenting your pet to just one (1) owner
• Please phone ahead to order and pay for required prescription medicine repeats or food, worming and flea control in advance so we can arrange to have them ready for you without the need to wait.
We are working hard to ensure we can continue to provide complete veterinary care.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We remain positive and committed to ensuring the health and safety of you, our team and broader community. Please look out for continued updates as we provide further information about caring for you and your pets.
Scott & Staff
The Gap Veterinary Surgery
For further information please see below for the latest updates from the Australian Veterinary Association
Australian Veterinary Association
Updates and information from the Australian Veterinary Association
What is a Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that infect birds and mammals, including humans. They are often associated with the common cold, bronchitis and pneumonia, and can also affect the gut. The virus that causes COVID-19 is also a coronavirus and likely originated from a wildlife reservoir. Canine coronavirus, which can cause diarrhoea, and feline coronavirus, which can cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), have been seen by veterinarians for many years. They do not cause infections in humans. These coronaviruses are not associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Can COVID-19 infect pets?
There have been reports from Hong Kong that a dog owned by a patient with COVID-19 has tested positive to the presence of the virus in its nose and mouth. This is may be a case of human to animal transmission, however the dog’s blood tests have been negative. There is no evidence that pet dogs or cats are a source of infection to other animals or humans. We are continuing to monitor this situation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.
Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?
As the outbreak continues, a number of pet owners will be placed in quarantine, either with confirmed COVID-19 infection or due to exposure. We know that your pet is part of your family and you will want them to have the same level of protection and care as any other family member. Current information suggests there is no apparent risk to you or your pet from being in quarantine with you. However, we do advise all pet owners continue to practice appropriate hand hygiene before and after handling their pet, their food and washing food/water bowls. At no stage should pet owners do anything that may compromise the welfare of their pets. We suggest minimising close contact with your pet during this time, such as hugging, face to face contact or sleeping on your bed.
What do I do if I am in quarantine or self-isolation and my pet is unwell?
If you are in quarantine, do not break quarantine to take your pet to the veterinarian even if your pet is unwell. By doing this you will put your veterinarian and staff at risk of infection. Ring your veterinary surgery first and ask for advice. If your pet needs to be seen, your veterinarian will be able to work with you to ensure your pet will receive the care they need, while keeping themselves and their staff safe from COVID-19 infection. If your vet provides house calls, please let them know you are under quarantine before they arrive. If you have any other concerns about your pet, please ask your veterinarian.
Note that this is a rapidly evolving situation and advice provided here is reflective of the evidence at hand (16-03-20). For up to date information on the COVID-19 situation in Australia go to health.gov.au