Call your vet before you go to clinic during COVID-19

Different vet clinics have adopted different protocols

Animal welfare is paramount during COVID-19 — but so is human health.

That’s why Darrell Dalton, registrar of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, recommends you call ahead before you go to your vet.

“Different practices have taken different measures and different steps,” he said. “Some of the small practices are limiting the number of people that can bring the animal in.

“Other clinics are seeing the animal in the owner’s car, rather than having people come into the clinic. Some of the large-animal practices may limit the number of people bringing the animals in, or they may not allow animals in and just do farm calls.”

Some practices are also asking animal owners if they may have been exposed to the virus or if they are in self-quarantine, he said.

Dalton said some veterinarians may have health conditions that place them at risk, and may decide to close their practices and self-isolate.

— Alexis Kienlen reports for Alberta Farmer from Edmonton.

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Alexis Kienlen

Alexis Kienlen lives in Edmonton and has been writing for the Glacier FarmMedia publication, the Alberta Farmer Express, since 2008. Originally from Saskatoon, Alexis is also the author of two collections of poetry, a biography, and a novel called "Mad Cow."

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