If you are bringing a pet to JVS to be seen today:
COVID 19 Protocols & Policies, March 2020
“Wait in your car, call 770 977 5377 and we’ll call you there to bring your pet to the door at your appointed time. We’ll have him back to you in a short time (and sanitized) and you’ll get a call DURING or AFTER the appointment depending on the need for communication.”
PREMISE: Covid 19 is different from Influenza in that:
- If you are exposed, you will get it. No one has been vaccinated. No one is naturally immune.
- If you get it, you will get sick.
- If you’re elderly, and you get it, you will most likely need a respirator to survive it.
- Once it goes ‘exponential’ in your town, there won’t be enough respirators and if you are elderly and don’t have access to hospitalization / respirator, you have just a 30+ percent chance of surviving.
- To avoid getting sick, spreading sickness and contributing to the almost inevitable overloading of the hospital system, Johnson Vet Services is taking every precaution.
- COVID-19 is spread by droplets and mist into your nose and mouth by air or hand.
- The only way to get COVID from a pet is to touch a pet with infectious droplets on it, and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
If You Are Bringing an Ill Pet to Johnson Vet Services: Please Transmit the Following With the Pet
Johnson Vet Services Protocols
Effective immediately: Pet owners can come on, we’re good, we’re doing exams and taking care of pets. But you simply drop the pet at the door. We won’t be sticking our noses into your pet’s fur, we’re washing our hands CONSTANTLY using virucidal gels and sprays. And, we’re using safe antivirals on pet’s coats.
JVS Employee Protocols
If an employee has ANY respiratory symptoms, they wear a mask. To employees with allergies and runny noses: Sorry.
If an employee has a fever of any sort they are not to be at the office.
If the an employee has not been quarantining when out of the office, they have to wear a mask at the office. (If you were one of the idiot-keg-standers at the beach on Spring Break for example.)
At this time, the ADA and CDC are only recommending peroxide to destroy the virus. (On sensitive living tissues like wounds, mouth, etc.) While chlorine dioxide has been shown to kill some viruses, it is unknown if it is effective against COVID-19. Chlorhexidine is not effective against viruses.
Peroxide: Less than 60 seconds is all it takes at 1.5% strength. (Half the OTC strength)
- Avoid direct handshaking, hugging, or greetings that require direct contact.
- Provide hand-sanitizer in all areas, at the front desk, and in all bathrooms.
- Disinfect common areas including entry doors, reception chairs, and front desk counters throughout the day. Diluted household bleach 1:30 will kill the virus.
- Wash hands often and refrain from touching your face—eyes, nose, and mouth.
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Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.