Over the last few weeks, it seems like society has been shutting down as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. This unfortunately includes access to veterinary care. Many vet clinics across Canada have reduced their hours or limited visits to only emergency cases, in order to reduce the risk of transmission to staff and clients. Understandably, concerned pet parents are asking what they can do to ensure their pets remain happy and healthy without easy access to a veterinarian.
1. Keep yourself healthy
The best thing you can do to keep your dog healthy is by being healthy yourself. That way you can ensure that your dog is receiving the best care at home. Practice social distancing and good hygiene to avoid infection. Continue to provide your dog with adequate exercise and a healthy diet, which will go a long way in maintaining their overall health.
2. Refills on prescriptions
Some dogs with chronic diseases will require continual refills on their prescriptions. To acquire a refill on medication, call ahead and request a prescription refill. Your clinic’s vet tech can organize payment and pick up so there will be little interaction and you can avoid spending time in the waiting room.
For clients with animals that have minor, acute health problems like an ear or eye infection, the same process may be applicable. Call your veterinarian or a telehealth vet and they may be able to prescribe antibiotics over the phone.
3. Telehealth and virtual vet appointments
If your pet has a non-emergent health problem or you have a general health question, a telehealth service is a great resource to utilize. The ease of being able communicate with video from your phone makes it easy to provide care online. We've launched KaboHealth to connect you with veterinary assistance over the phone or via video chat for free. We've built this service to help keep you safe at home, but also helps clinics focus on emergency cases and lowers the risk to your veterinarian.
On top of general inquiries and prescription refills, below are a list of potential health problems that a telehealth veterinarian may be able to help with:
• Lacerations/skin abrasions
• Bites/bee stings
• Muscle and joint pain
• Hot spots
• Dental pain
• Imbedded splinter/fox tail
• Ingrown nails
• Urinary distress
• And more!
Stay happy and healthy everyone!