We understand pet owners are very concerned about their pets' health and well-being at all time, but do you know "when to" and "when not to" bring your pet to the vet especially at this very restricted moment?
We hope that you have a clearer picture of when and what situation it is urgent and requires emergency treatment. This is to control the human traffic and prevent crowds at the veterinary clinics to minimise the spreading of Covid-19 as far as we could.
URGENT cases in pet dogs and cats include injuries / accidents at any part of the body, for example a bleeding wound due to a hit by car incident that requires immediate actions of stopping the bleeding and wound cleaning. Infections could be having fever of more than 40.0 degree celcius or having yellow coloured nasal discharge due to flu.
URGENT surgeries are the life-extending surgeries that are required to reduce the pain and suffering of the pets or if the surgery was done earlier, the prognosis of the case would be higher, meaning chance of recovery would be higher if it was corrected earlier. Urgent surgeries DO NOT INCLUDE elective surgeries like spaying and castration.
Vaccination updates are also considered as URGENT, as it could affect the immunity status of the pets against life-threatening infections such as rabies, distempers and leptospirosis. If your pet had to miss a shot or delayed a vaccine shot, your veterinarian might have to restart the entire vaccination regime. You may call up the veterinary clinic prior to the vaccination appointment, to have your veterinarian review the vaccination regime and decide when should you bring to the them.
Annual body check-up, blood work for medication refills and NON-life threatening behavioural issues are not urgent matter, meaning we may settle these up when the MCO is over, since these situations or issues would not affect the general well-being of your pets in this short term of MCO.
Nonetheless, pet owners are advised to make a call to the veterinary clinic before visiting just to double confirm and do follow the instructions of the veterinary clinics accordingly.
Not to forget, wearing mask and bringing along a bottle of hand sanitiser with you are essential for a better protection and prevention. Wash your hands regularly and mind the "social distance"!
Last but not least, stay safe and stay calm.