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Vets urging Pet Owners to Get Proactive on Pet Health

Veterinarians are urging Australian pet owners to act proactively to protect the health of their fur babies as the impact of the coronavirus continues to take hold.

“Many people are in isolation now in Australia and with the situation likely to continue for the foreseeable future, owners are advised to be aware of the health of their own pet. If vaccinations or health checks are due, get in touch with your regular veterinarian about making an appointment,” said Sydney-based Pawssum Vets veterinarian Dr James Crowley.

“They will advise you of COVID-19 protocols at the practice and how they are structuring appointments during this time.”

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world with the nation home to an estimated 5.1 million dogs and 3.8 million cats.

Pawssum Vets co-founder Guy Sharabi said the group, which is a national app-based mobile vet booking service, was helping pet owners already in isolation by offering home visits and telepet consultations.

“Chatting to one of our vets via video has been becoming increasingly common in recent months and is now, understandably, surging to another level as it allows a vet to consult with you, view your cat, dog or other pet, and produce a prescription medications that can be shipped to you by an online pharmacy," he said.


The Pawssum Telepet service operates Australia-wide 7 days a week until late.

Dr Crowley said there was a lot owners could do during the current coronavirus situation to help their pets, including:

✔️ If your pet’s vaccination is due shortly or overdue, or you have any pressing health concerns, consider making an appointment with your vet.
✔️ Be aware that pets may also be feeling stressed as their routine/schedule may have been impacted by working from home or home schooling arrangements, so make every effort to keep them at ease at this time.

✔️ Ask your vet for advice on keeping your pet active if you’re in isolation.
✔️ Ensure you have stocks of any regular medications your pet needs.
✔️ Check your pet food levels (without stocking up irresponsibly).
✔️ Ensure any pets not exercising at their regular level are not overfed to prevent weight gain. 

✔️ Ensure your pet’s health records/information is at the ready before a vet consultation online or in person
✔️ Don’t forget to continue to practise good hand. hygiene – wash your hands before and after handling your pet and their food/water.
 
✔️ If you have a pressing concern for your pet and are under quarantine or concerned about leaving the house, consider a telepet consultation. 
✔️ In general, embrace your pet. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted from humans to animals and vice versa so enjoy the extra time with your furry loved one. Harness the human animal bond; it is a beautiful one and good for our own health and wellbeing.

The World Health Organization is stating there is no evidence that companion animals such as dogs or cats can become sick with the new coronavirus.

Information from the World Organisation for Animal Health and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, the preeminent bodies associated with animal health, revealed no evidence that dogs or cats played a role in the spread of COVID-19.


MEDIA RELEASE, 23rd March 2020
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