Pets and the COVID-19, Coronavirus

Pets and the COVID-19, Coronavirus

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Small animal pets, like domesticated cats and dogs, are not known to be susceptible to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Vaccinations for Pets During Coronavirus Outbreak

There is no vaccine for COVID-19 at this time.

However, pet owners should use this as an opportunity to ensure that their pets are up to date on their shots.

The Doctors and Veterinary Team at Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center are volunteering to host a Vaccination Clinic.

As part of our commitment to community outreach, we want to ensure that we are being a part of the solution to prepare ourselves in a prudent manner.

The Vaccination Clinic (shot clinic at Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center) will be providing discounted shots for dogs and cats to ensure we can reach as many members of our community as possible.

In addition, we will be opening our supplies of high caloric and specialized dietary foods for our community to purchase. If you are concerned about having food on hand for your pets, we want to ensure this is addressed.

The availability of these items, including vaccinations, will be available only during the scheduled vaccination clinic times and as supplies last.

During the vaccination clinic at Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center, our Doctors of Veterinary Medicine will not be performing complete examinations of pets due to limited time and availability.

However, if you need to schedule a time to meet with us we are happy to schedule an appointment for you.

Supply Chain Disruption for Your Pets

Yes, it is likely that the supply chain will be disrupted due to the Coronavirus.

What does this mean for you and your pets?

Pet owners should not panic. However, you should be cognizant of ensuring that you have a good supply of food and medications on hand in the event of delays.

Here are the things that you should consider,

  • Dietary Supplies – particularly if your pets are on a specialty diet.
  • Medications – communication with your regular veterinarian to ensure you have two weeks of medication on hand.

For those that need additional supplies and find that their regular veterinarian is unable to meet those needs, please contact us.

Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center works with veterinarians all over our state in a referral capacity and we are happy to help.

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American Association of Veterinary Medicine Has Stated When it Comes to Your Pets and COVID-19

Here’s some key information about COVID-19 that the American Association of Veterinary Medicine published:

  • “The betacoronavirus that causes COVID-19 is SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-nCoV).
  • Person-to-person spread has been reported in numerous countries, including the United States. Some popular international destinations, including the United States, also appear to have community spread.
  • Transmission seems to occur when there is contact with an infected person’s bodily secretions, such as saliva or mucus droplets in a cough or sneeze.
  • There are currently no antiviral drugs recommended or licensed by FDA to treat COVID-19, and there is no immunization available.
  • For most people in the United States, the immediate risk of being exposed to SARS-CoV-2 is believed to be low, but the CDC considers the virus a very serious public health threat.
  • The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.
  • Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them.
  • As always, careful handwashing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians’ (NASPHV) compendium of standard precautions is a good reference for appropriate infection control in veterinary practices.”

Dr. Sean McPeck

A 2010 Graduate of Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Sean McPeck developed his leadership as a Sniper Team Leader and Veterinarian with the US Army Special Operations, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Dr. McPeck has multiple combat deployments, totaling almost 2 years in combat theaters of operation.

He is the recipient of the Combat Action Badge, and is Ranger, Sniper, and Airborne qualified. While serving as an officer in Special Operations, Dr. McPeck was repeatedly recognized for his Honor, Integrity, Courage and Selfless Service in the name of the United States. He was recognized with not one, but two, Meritorious Service Medals.

Under his leadership, Dr. McPeck worked with Working Dog handlers, and canine units, to detain and seize enemy combatants. The canines that Dr. McPeck worked with are credited with savings thousands of United States soldiers deployed in combat areas.

Dr. McPeck authored The RCAP, Ranger Canine Athletic Program, which was the 1st comprehensive Military canine conditioning program.

His specific training and certification classes for Dog handlers to be proficient in Canine Tactical- Combat Casualty Care, and knowledge of current medical equipment and procedures, which led to the successful life saving interventions by handlers in real world operations.

Dr. SaraRose McPeck graduated from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. A Massachusetts native who attended Becker College for her undergrad, Dr. McPeck has lived and worked around the country and even the world. She served four years in the United States Army as a Veterinary Officer, during which she was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia, and completed a 12-month tour in Afghanistan.

Her time serving in the Army provided her the experience as the primary veterinarian for over 350 Military Working Dogs, in which she provided all emergency, trauma, surgical, critical, and primary care. In addition to caring for animals, she trained, mentored, and led six Non-Commissioned Officers and twelve junior enlisted Soldiers, giving her not only impressive veterinary experience but also exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills.

As a Veterinary Corp Officer, she received a variety of awards, including a Bronze Star, a NATO Medal, a GWOT Medal, two Army Accommodation Medals, among many others. She gained experiences in which she exemplified impressive leadership skills and the ability to adapt to both clinical and combat support situations. Her years of experience serving our country and in veterinary medicine have equipped her with the knowledge and skills to provide exceptional care to our patients.