***UPDATE*** April 10, 2020
Until further notice, all services – exams, vaccinations, baths, boarding, etc. will have an outdoor check-in process. Please call 205-991-7986 when you arrive in the parking lot, we will take your information and send someone out to get your pet.
***UPDATE*** March 31, 2020
Due to the decreasing number of boarders, Caldwell Mill Animal Clinic will NO longer be open on Sundays for drop off/pick up until further notice.
***UPDATE*** March 27, 2020
WSAVA Moves to Reassure Pet Owners
‘No evidence that COVID-19 can be contracted from pets’
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has moved to reassure pet owners following the news that a dog in Hong Kong, quarantined after it had tested positive for SARS- CoV-2, has died. The dog had been released after two weeks of quarantine having subsequently tested negative for the virus.
The dog, a 17-year-old Pomeranian, had shown no clinical signs of COVID-19. However, it did have unrelated health problems and is believed to have passed away old age. There is no evidence that the dog contracted COVID-19, nor that it could have passed the viral cause to another human or animal.
On March 19, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in Hong Kong announced that a second dog, a German Shepherd, had also tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The dog was quarantined after its owner was confirmed with COVID-19. Although the dog has tested positive, it has no clinical signs of disease. Another dog from the same residence has tested negative for the SARS-CoV2. It also has no relevant clinical signs and has been quarantined. The dogs will continue to be tested for the remainder of the quarantine period.
WSAVA President Dr. Shane Ryan said: “While there is still much we don’t know about COVID- 19, we do know that the Pomeranian dog did not die from the virus, and the second dog is also showing no signs, either of the disease or of being able to transmit it to other pets or people. The current evidence still strongly indicates that COVID-19 cannot be contracted from pets.”
The WSAVA says its priority is to support its member veterinarians who care for companion animals around the world and it urges pet owners not to panic and, instead, to continue to care for their companion animals and to enjoy their company. In difficult times, such as these we face today, says the WSAVA, pets can play a very positive role, providing companionship to the isolated and lonely.
The WSAVA’s Scientific Committee and One Health Committee have worked together provide Advice to its members and pet owners, which can be found here: https://wsava.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19 WSAVA-Advisory-Document-Mar-19-2020.pdf
Dr. Michael Lappin, chair of the WSAVA’s One Health Committee and Dr. Mary Marcondes, Co-Chair of the WSAVA Scientific Advisory Committee, recommend that veterinarians remind owners to:
keep their companion animals with them if they are self-quarantined
maintain good hygiene practices, including washing hands when interacting with their pets
arrange care for any animals left at home with family or friends should they be hospitalized
contact their veterinarian immediately if they have questions or concerns.
On March 13, IDEXX Laboratories, an international provider of veterinary diagnostics and software, announced that it had evaluated thousands of canine and feline samples during the validation of a new veterinary test system for SARS-CoV-2 and seen no positive results. Dr. Ryan continued: “We remain very concerned at reports of many animals being abandoned, killed or taken to shelters because their owners fear that they might carry the virus when this is not supported by evidence. In addition to the suffering, this causes to the animals concerned, their owners will also cease to benefit from all the positive aspects of owning a pet which are even more important as so many of us are now having to limit contact with other people.
“We urge pet owners to listen to their veterinarian’s advice and to follow our recommendations to keep themselves and their companion animals safe.”
***UPDATE*** March 20, 2020 – CMAC COVID-19 prevention procedures
We are decreasing our number of available daily appointments to stagger the arrivals and discharges so as to minimize the number of people in contact with one another.
This will also give us extra time to thoroughly disinfect each exam room in between appointments.
For those who will be boarding pets we will have an outdoor check in process. Please call 205-991-7986 ahead and remain outside of the clinic until called or signaled.
We are also requesting that all grooming appointments and Barking Zone pets be admitted through the side door to the left of the clinic as you arrive.
Thank you for your patience and y’all be healthy and kind out there!
COVID-19 What We Are Doing
We wanted to check in with you, our trusted clients, and let you know some of the things we are doing to mitigate the issues from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
While we do not want to live in fear, we do want to be vigilant, cautious and considerate.
In a nutshell, there is no evidence to indicate that your dog or cat can catch or give the COVID-19 virus from you or to you.
We want to offer to you advanced check-in to avoid the need for large gatherings in our waiting room
Call 205-991-7986, 15 minutes before your appointment to alert us you are on your way.
When you arrive in our parking lot call us 205-991-7986 to make sure your exam room is ready.
Wait in your car until we call or signal you that your exam room is ready.
You and your pet can then be moved directly to your exam room, bypassing the waiting room.
We will be wiping down countertops, phones, doorknobs, etc. hourly with disinfectant.
We will provide a pen that you can keep after you sign documents or fill out forms.
Hand sanitizer or another option as available will be offered in the waiting and exam rooms.
We will update any procedures as needed. We thank you so much for the trust you have placed in us to care for you and your pets.
Let’s all be wise out there. Don’t panic, be kind and live your lives to the fullest.
CMAC Staff & Management