COVID-19 Pet Protocol during Lockdown

Unlimited Pet Insurance Cover GVC Brokers Pet Healthcare Pet Medical Cover Emergency Pet Cover Accidental Cover

What is proper pet protocol during Level 4?

Have you caught a whiff of your cat’s breath and thought ‘I really need to book him in for his dental treatment when the lockdown is over?’

Or looked at your dog’s vaccine chart and noticed she is due for her yearly vaccinations?

While during Level 5 of lockdown veterinary practices and clinics were only open for emergencies, now that we have moved into Level 4, veterinary restrictions have been relaxed with new guidelines in place. 

“What most pet parents don’t know is that you can now take your pet to the vet, even if it isn’t an emergency. So, any issues you may have been postponing, or have put off over the last couple of months, due to the heavy lockdown restrictions, can now be attended to,” explains Hill’s Pet Nutrition veterinary advisor Dr Guy Fyvie. This includes all non-emergency cases such as vaccinations, sterilisations, routine check-ups, and treatments like dental.

The South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) outlines the Level 4 guidelines in detail on their website, however, Fyvie highlights some of the important points for pet parents:

  • Make an appointment: Phone your vet ahead of time and schedule an appointment for your pet. Walk-ins, with the exception of emergencies, will not be allowed during this time.
  • The new waiting area: An employee from the veterinary practice will fetch your pet from the car and take them inside for their appointment. You will need to remain in your car unless otherwise asked to go inside by the vet. The car, or carpark, is now the waiting area.
  • No Mask, no visit: Both employees and pet parents need to wear a properly fitted mask at all times.
  • Social Distancing Please: At least 1.5m distance needs to be adhered to at all times.
  • No Cash: Payments need to be made electronically.

Unlimited Pet Insurance Cover GVC Brokers Pet Healthcare Pet Medical Cover Emergency Pet Cover Accidental Cover

Some pet parents may still be wary to leave their homes during this time, and that’s understandable, notes Fyvie. “It goes without saying though that prevention is always better than cure and it’s much less stressful taking your dog or cat for their yearly check-up or routine treatment now, even during level 4, versus them having to go through scary treatments in the future that will ultimately require a lot more vet visits and may be costly.”

Self Diagnosing Your Pets can be very dangerous

Tempting as it may be for a pet parent to self-diagnose, or treat their pet at home, and avoid a vet visit, this isn’t ideal. “There is a lot of misinformation on the Internet and looking at your pet’s symptoms in isolation can be dangerous. The experience of a veterinarian allows for a holistic and comprehensive approach that can never be replaced.”

Your Local Vet is Very Safe to Visit

As long as pet parents are careful, and adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines, these are processes that can be effectively managed with very little disruption to both the pet parent and pet’s lives.

For more information visit the Hill’s Pet Nutrition website



You Might Also be Interested in:

TURTLES : Turtles are reptiles. They are characterized by their cartilaginous shell that develops fr
Bring your Tail Wagger for a walk this Sunday 24 November.   Mixed breed, Pure bred, Rescues, Famili
On the 15th of November 2015, Johannesburg will yet again host the spectacular annual event, the 947
Pet Insurance Cats Dogs Kennels Cattery South Africa
Leaving your beloved feline friend in the care of another person is often a very stressful task on i
dog fighting is illegal in South Africa SPCA Tsakane
The NSPCA South Africa applauds the decision made by the courts on 11 November 2013 to deny bail to
Kwibi was brought up by Damian Aspinall in England.  When Kwibi turned 5, Damian could no longer giv