Informations générales

Chers propriétaires d'animaux
 
Comme nous voulons continuer à fournir notre service médical pour vous et votre animal de compagnie, nous avons besoin de votre soutien. En raison du nombre croissant de nouvelles infections par le virus COVID-19 (Coronavirus), nous aimerions attirer votre attention sur les mesures de sécurité suivantes à la Clinique des petits animaux de Berne.


Par conséquent, veillez à respecter nos mesures pour la protection de chacun d'entre nous :

1 . Service par roulement
Après un fonctionnement réduit, la clinique des petits animaux aimerait se rapprocher progressivement d'un fonctionnement normal. Dans une première phase, des cas électifs sélectionnés seront acceptés. Nous continuons à travailler en deux équipes, qui n'ont aucun contact entre elles. Pour l'instant, on ne sait toujours pas quand le fonctionnement normal pourra reprendre.

2. Rendez-vous, salle d'attente, traitement :
Veuillez vous présenter uniquement sur rendez-vous et SEUL sans autre accompagnateur (surtout pas de nourrissons/enfants d'âge scolaire ni de personnes âgées) et à l'heure convenue. Si nécessaire, veuillez attendre devant la clinique ou en tant qu'automobiliste dans la voiture.

Envoyez-nous les antécédents médicaux / anamnèses éventuellement à l'avance par e-mail.
Si, dans des cas exceptionnels, vous devez attendre dans la salle d'attente, veuillez respecter la distance de sécurité recommandée de 2 mètres par rapport aux autres propriétaires de patients et à notre personnel. Nous avons fourni du désinfectant à l'entrée et dans notre zone d'accueil. Veuillez vous désinfecter les mains.

Les propriétaires ne sont pas présents à l'examen jusqu'à nouvel ordre.
Les heures de visite des patients hospitalisés seront suspendues jusqu'à nouvel ordre.

3. Vous êtes vous-même malade ou peut-être malade ?
Une de vos personnes de contact est malade ?
Vous avez une toux, un rhume ou de la fièvre ?
Vous ou vos personnes de contact direct avez eu un contact avec une personne dont le test COVID-19 était positif ?
Dans ces cas, n'accompagnez PAS votre animal personnellement à la clinique vétérinaire !
Veuillez nous envoyer d'autres personnes avec votre animal.

4. Votre test est-il positif ?
Si vous êtes testé positif au COVID-19 dans les 7 jours suivant votre rendez-vous chez nous, veuillez nous le faire savoir.

 
Nous vous remercions vivement pour votre soutien et votre compréhension - pour notre bien à tous et celui de nos patients animaux.

 

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has prepared an advisory document offering guidance and a series of Frequently Asked Questions to help its members when talking with pet owners concerned about the risk of infection with the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), following the outbreak in China. It also calls on veterinarians to urge owners not to panic because it is highly unlikely that they could contract 2019-nCoV from their dog or cat, or that their companion animal could transmit the virus to people or other animals.

Dr Michael Lappin, chair of the WSAVA's One Health Committee, recommends that veterinarians tell owners to:

    1. keep their companion animals with them if they are self-quarantined

    2. keep cats inside

    3. arrange care for any animals left at home if family or friends are hospitalised

    4. contact their veterinarian immediately if they have questions or concerns

 

The WSAVA's Scientific Committee and One Health Committee have worked together to produce the advisory document, which confirms that there is currently no evidence that pets or other domestic animals can be infected with 2019-nCoV or that they may be a source of infection to people. They do warn, though, that it is a "rapidly evolving situation."

The advisory also cautions veterinarians against using vaccines against canine enteric coronavirus available in some global markets in the hope that they may offer some cross-protection against 2019-nCoV. There is no evidence for this, as the new virus is a distinctly different coronavirus variant.

WSAVA President Dr Shane Ryan said: "There is still much we don't know about 2019-CoV and, while the priority is to bring the outbreak of the infection caused to people under control as soon as possible; we are concerned for animal welfare with reports of animals being abandoned or killed because their owners fear that they might carry the virus.

There is no evidence that this is necessary, and we urge our members to ensure owners follow our guidance and keep themselves and their companion animals safe."

Q and A

1. How can I help protect myself and my clinic staff?

Visit the 2019-nCoV Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like 2019-nCoV: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html   

 

2. Can 2019-nCoV infect domestic animals?

Currently, there is no evidence that pets or other domestic animals can be infected with this new coronavirus. Additionally, there is currently no evidence that pets or other domestic animals might be a source of infection to people with the new coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and information will be updated as it becomes available.

 

3. Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick?

Do not handle pets or other animals while sick. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with 2019-nCoV, several types of coronaviruses can cause illness in animals and spread between animals and people. Until we know more, avoid contact with animals and wear a facemask if you must be around animals or care for a pet in order to protect the pet from the possibility of disease transmission.

 

4. What should I do if my pet or other animal becomes ill and was around a person with novel coronavirus?

If your pet or other animal becomes ill, call your veterinarian to let them know that you are bringing a sick pet that was exposed to a person with the new coronavirus. Do not take the animal to a veterinary clinic until you have had a discussion with clinic staff. Tell them about any contact the animal may have had with someone with 2019-nCoV infection.

 

5. If my pet or other animal has been in contact with someone who is sick, can they spread the disease to other people?

We do not yet know whether animals can get infected. We also do not know whether they could get sick from this new coronavirus. Currently, there is no evidence that pets or other domestic animals can be infected with this new coronavirus. Additionally, there is currently no evidence that pets or other domestic animals might be a source of infection to people with the new coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

 

6. What are the concerns regarding pets that have been in contact with people infected with this virus?

While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person. Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. At this time, it's unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Importantly, there is no data to date that dogs and cats can become infected with 2019-nCoV.

 

7. What should be done with animals in areas where the virus is active?

Currently there is no evidence that pets or other domestic animals can be infected with this new coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with 2019-nCoV, several types of coronaviruses can cause illness in animals and spread between animals and people. Until we know more, avoid contact with animals and wear a facemask if you must be around animals or care for a pet. However, people diagnosed with 2019-nCoV should stay away from pets to help protect the pet from the potential for disease spread.

 

8. Should veterinarians start to vaccinate dogs against canine coronavirus because of the risk of 2019-nCoV?

- The canine coronavirus vaccines available in some global markets are intended to protect against enteric coronavirus infection and are NOT licensed for protection against respiratory infections.

- Veterinarians should NOT use such vaccines in the face of the current outbreak thinking that vaccinating dogs with the commercially-available vaccines will provide cross-protection against the infection by the 2019-nCoV, since the enteric and respiratory viruses are distinctly different variants of coronavirus. No vaccines are currently available in any market for respiratory coronavirus infection in the dog.

   

By now, while the numbers of human infections and deaths have more than quadrupled, some evidence should already have become available to inform whether pets in close association with COVID-19 infected owners have become infected and/or pose any public health hazard. Such tests are required as soon as possible, for the sake of human AND animal health. This information should be obtained without necessarily requiring experimental infection trials. Sampling could be assisted by small animal practitioners, particularly in China. Even preliminary results deserve early publication, allowing an update of the WSAVA advisory COVID-19 document.