Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group continues to closely monitor developments regarding COVID-19, and implement recommended measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and maintain a safe environment for our patients, clients, and team members.
Our Current Safety and Hygiene Protocols
Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group is committed to making its hospitals safe and welcoming for all. Below are our current protocols regarding masking and hospital hygiene.
With the ability to reduce 99% of all microbes in a sneeze before they can travel 3 feet, our Advanced Air Filtration system should give you peace of mind when you visit. To see how it works, watch the provided video!
Masks are optional for both clients and staff at Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group. You are more than welcome to wear a mask in our facility if you feel more comfortable.
Hospital-Wide Hygiene Briefings
Our hospitals are all AAHA accredited, which means we follow the best practices for maintaining a safe, healthy facility. To further reduce COVID-19 risks, all our hospital staff are given updated briefings on operational safety recommendations from the CDC. We also instruct our team members to stay home and seek appropriate care if they are sick.
Research-Backed Cleaning Solutions and Practices
Disinfectants are all formulated differently to target specific bacteria and pathogens. The Medical Directors at Heart of Chelsea have done extensive research into all possible cleaning solutions to ensure that we are using the safest products and formulas that will most effectively target and kill the coronavirus. All surface areas, including veterinary and administrative devices, are disinfected at regular intervals throughout the day. Please be patient with our team as we are thoroughly cleaning our exam rooms and all the items needed to treat your pets between each patient visit. We are allowing for an extended contact time of our disinfectants on each surface to ensure labeled efficacy is achieved.
Can Pets get COVID-19?
It is not clear how exactly pets can be affected by COVID-19, and currently, there is no evidence showing they can get sick the way humans do. The CDC, OIE, and WHO indicate there is no evidence suggesting dogs and cats can be a source of infection with SARS-CoV-2, or spreading COVID-19 to humans.
As we learn more, we will be sure to provide updates to keep you informed. We do recommend washing your hands after interacting with animals just to be safe.
How to Ensure Your Pet is Cared for if You Contract COVID-19
This advisory notice is based on text provided by the Office of the Mayor of New York City:
Take time now to make plans and prepare your pets in case you need help caring for them due to COVID-19.
If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), the CDC recommends that you restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Wash pet bedding, leashes, collars, dishes and toys the same way you would clean other surfaces in your home. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
We Will Continue to Keep You Updated
At Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group, we will continue to do our best to be available to you with the most up to date information regarding COVID-19. We wish you and your family safety and good health as we navigate the coronavirus issue and work hard to reduce the spread of infection.
Contact one of our four locations for more information!