While everyone must restrict their movements to fight against the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, how to continue to take care of their animals during this period? Visits to the veterinarian, walks … Certain rules have changed compared to “version 1” confinement. 30millionsdamis.fr takes stock.
Take care of yourself, your loved ones and … our 30 million friends of course! In accordance with the announcements of the executive, everyone is asked to drastically restrict their outings, and all “non-essential” public places are closed again. On the other hand, like pharmacies and food stores, veterinary surgeries and clinics are allowed to continue their activities.
“Routine” consultations maintained
Contrary to what prevailed during confinement in March, April and May, “routine” consultations are maintained this time. Indeed, ” conditions have changed significantly since, says Jacques Guérin, president of the National Council of the Order of Veterinarians, in a press release (10/29/2020). Veterinary care establishments are organized and equipped to respect barrier gestures, veterinarians have appropriate means of protection including approved masks and hydroalcoholic gel in sufficient quantity, and biosecurity instructions are now assimilated by animal owners. “
It is then up to each professional to organize themselves to limit contact between clients, and to apply adequate hygiene measures (wearing a mask and gloves, disinfecting equipment, etc.). ” Vaccines and convenience care are possible since this time we have the material to protect our secretaries, clients and ourselves, confirms to 30millionsdamis.fr the veterinary Dr Brigitte Leblanc. We must try to do it with a minimum of contact, trying to work only with the veterinary assistant, the master being able to wait elsewhere. “
Make an appointment with your veterinarian, respect the schedule and come alone with the animal
In case of illness or emergency, ” you must make an appointment by phone or on the website, and respect the schedule, recommends Dr Bruno Pelletier, veterinarian working at the 30 Millions Amis de la Tuilerie refuge (77). This avoids being in the waiting room at the same time. “To facilitate compliance with health rules and reduce the risk of transmission, most veterinary clinics require that the animal is accompanied by only one person.
In rural areas as in cities, veterinarians are – for the moment – still authorized to travel for their home consultations, provided that the ratio between the benefit (for the animal) and the risk (for the veterinarian, be contaminated and become contagious in turn) is favorable. Finally, if you are used to buying your kibbles from your veterinary practice, first contact them by phone or consult their website. Indeed, some clinics reserve the sale at specific time slots, setting up systems to avoid human contact (deposit of the package in front of the door, online payment, etc.).
Walks authorized for natural needs and to stretch your legs
While there are tips to keep your pet entertained indoors, physical activity outdoors is essential to keep dogs healthy and meet their natural needs. For this, an exceptional travel certificate (to be completed online and downloaded) must be kept with you for each walk. This document makes it possible to carry out “Short trips, within the limit of one hour per day and within a maximum radius of one kilometer around the home, linked either to the individual physical activity of people, to the exclusion of any sporting practice. group and in close proximity to other people, either for a walk with only people grouped together in the same home, or for the needs of pets ”(tick the corresponding box).
Our animals accompany us and comfort us in these particularly trying times. Let’s take good care of them and share these privileged moments of complicity on social networks with the hashtag # OnResteChezSoiAvecNos30MillionsdAmis!