Here at Coco-Park Animal Hospital, we care about the health and safety of you, your family and your pets. Due to the recent COVID-19 (Corona) virus, and rise in health and safety concerns, we want to assure you that our hospital is open and will continue to provide services. We will do our best to accommodate you, while at the same time limiting direct contact in order to focus on everyone’s safety through our “valet” service.
Upon arrival to our hospital, please remain outside of the hospital. Please call us to let us know you have arrived. If you need to pick up food or medication, we will deliver these to you outside. If you are presenting your pet for an appointment, a Coco-Park staff member will meet you out front to receive your pet. Please let our staff know if you would like to wait for your pet, or if you prefer to drop off. All communication regarding your pet’s visit will occur via phone. We will bring your pet back out to you at the end of the visit.
If you or any member of your household have not been feeling well or may have been at risk for exposure to COVID-19 (Corona) virus, then please ask a healthy or lower risk friend or family member to transport your pet to their appointment or to pick up food or medications for you. You may also consider utilizing our Home Delivery Service through our online pharmacy (see tab above).
An additional service that will become available early next week is Virtual Care. While this may not eliminate the need for a hospital visit, we are able to provide triage services, medical problem evaluations, wellness advice, senior pet or hospice consultations, and follow ups remotely using your mobile phone or PC, employing the modality of video conferencing, or through photos and videos that you take on your phone. This service will be available through our free app, accessible on both iPhone and Android devices. Please search “Coco Park AH” in the App store or on Google Play. Use the e-mail address that we have on file to register your account in order to access your pet’s real-time reminders. If you do not know which e-mail address is on file, simply reach out: call (954) 698-6722, Text (561) 418-1868 or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have not yet become acquainted with our Coco-Park Animal Hospital App, you may utilize this app to also request medications (with a photo if you would like!), request appointments, message us, and receive push notifications from our office if you elect to receive this type of communication.
We would like to thank our Coco-Park family for your cooperation and understanding as we do our part to keep pets and people safe. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. 3/23/2020
Animals and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 3/24/2020
- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in certain types of animals.
- Coronaviruses that infect animals can become able to infect people, but this is rare.
- We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.
- We do not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products imported pose a risk for spreading the 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals and do not infect humans.
Risk to people
Some coronaviruses that infect animals have become able to infect humans and then spread between people, but this is rare. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) are examples of diseases caused by coronaviruses that originated in animals and spread to people. This is what is suspected to have happened with the virus that caused the current outbreak of COVID-19. However, we do not know the exact source of this virus. Public health officials and partners are working hard to identify the source of COVID-19. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person to person. The coronavirus most similar to the virus causing COVID-19 is the one that causes SARS.
At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19 or that they might be a source of infection in the United States.
Risk from imported animals and animal products
CDC does not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States.
How to stay healthy around animals
In the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, might be a source of COVID-19 infection at this time. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it’s always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.
- Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies.
- Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after pets properly.
- Take pets to the veterinarian regularly and talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health.
For more information, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.
Risk to pets
CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19.
How to protect pets if you are sick
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. This can help ensure both you and your animals stay healthy.
When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them. For more information visit: What to Do if You are Sick.