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At this time, there is no evidence that our pets can get sick from or spread COVID-19. The only case of an animal testing positive for the virus and exhibiting clinical illness was a tiger at a New York City zoo after the caretaker was confirmed positive for COVID-19. Globally, there have been a few cases of companion animals testing positive after close contact with people infected with COVID-19 but none of these pets were clinically ill. Even so, the CDC recommends that if a person tests positive for the virus or is symptomatic, they should maintain separation and avoid direct contact with their pets just as they would other household members. If they must care for their pets, they should wash their hands and disinfect before handling and try to avoid close contact.

Veterinary clinics are still open and available for our clients and patients though procedures have been put in place to reduce the spread of the virus. For the most part, clients will not be allowed to enter the clinic and much of the communication will take place over the phone. We have been mandated by the governor to not perform any non-urgent surgical or dental procedures in an effort to preserve PPE (gloves, surgical masks and gowns) for the human health field. We are still able to perform vaccinations and annual examinations as these are considered essential to maintain our pet's health.

Recommendations change frequently so check a reputable source such as www.cdc.gov for the most up-to-date information. If you have questions regarding your pet, please contact your veterinarian

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 S.W. Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvillevetclinic.com

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