PET PLANNING FOR COVID-19

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This advisory notice is based on text provided by the Office of the Mayor of New York City.
For a downloadable guide you can complete to help with emergency planning for pets, see NYC Emergency Management’s Pets page: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/pets.page

Make a plan for your pet:

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.

Ensure Proper Identification:
● Dogs and cats should wear a collar or harness, rabies tag, and identification tag at all times. Identification tags should include your name, address, and phone number, and the phone number of an emergency contact.

● Make sure your pet’s microchip is registered and up to date.

Veterinary Care:
● Refrain from physically visiting your veterinarian for routine or non-urgent issues during this time. Call your veterinarian ahead of time to confirm if your pet is experiencing an emergency.

Make a Plan – Prepare for a Human Health Emergency:

● Designate a trusted pet caregiver (family, friend, neighbor, colleague). Your identified caregiver should have a set of your house keys, be familiar with your home and pet, know your emergency plan, and have your contact information.

● Record important information about your pet so that you can easily access it during an emergency.

● Put together a Go Bag for each pet with basic food, supplies, medicine, identification, a list of emergency contacts, your veterinarian’s contact information, and proof of vaccination.

● Keep a collar/harness, leash, and your animal’s Go Bag in a place where it can be easily found.

● Have crates, food and extra litter and other supplies on hand for quick movement of pets.

● If you have neighbors who are self-quarantined or otherwise in need of help, offer to walk their dog or take pets for routine visits.

● Talk with your local veterinarian, kennel, grooming facility, or other potential boarding facilities to see if they can offer safe shelter for your pet during a health emergency.

● Update animal vaccines (Rabies, Bordetella) in the event boarding becomes necessary.

● If your pet is on medication, ask your veterinarian for an extra supply.

● Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering instructions.

● If you do not have a yard, be sure to have extra cleaning products and newspaper/puppy pads on hand if you cannot leave your home to walk your dog.

Thank you for making the One Health NYC Clinic a Success!

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Thank you to the sponsors, veterinarians, volunteers and participants who made the second One Health NYC Clinic on November 23rd a success! With your help we were able to provide medical services and referrals to dozens of people experiencing homelessness and their pets. None of this would have been possible without your help!

We’ll be planning another clinic in Spring 2020, check back for more details.

Take a look at the coverage we received from NY1!

Lucius

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Lucius with Drs. Levitzke and Brida, and veterinary technician Amanda

Lucius had the bad luck of falling 5 stories off of the walled in roof he plays on daily. Luckily his fall was broken by an awning and Lucius escaped with his life. His family immediately rushed him to Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group.

His medical team was relieved to find that Lucius had a great prognosis if his injuries were treated quickly. He was suffering from pleural effusion (fluid around the lungs) and also and severe trauma to his mouth that would require surgery. While his prognosis was great, the cost of getting him there was more than his family could afford (no one plans for emergencies).

His medical team reached out to @positivetails for help. His case was approved, and we also made sure he was neutered during his time at the hospital…as this is a requirement for any case covered by Positive Tails.

Lucius tolerated everything without a single complaint…this boy does not have a mean bone in his humongous body. We’re happy to say that he did great and was discharged to his very happy family a couple days later. He will be missed by his medical team, but we’re so happy that he will be back home with his family where he belongs.

Thank you for your support in helping us make another #positivetail

Prince

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Prince’s family knew something was wrong. He was not acting like himself…vomiting and vocalizing…and they knew to act right away. They rushed him to VERG Brooklyn where it was discovered he had a urethral obstruction, and as a result his kidney values were very elevated. His medical team knew he needed an immediate bladder cathererization and days in the hospital with around the clock medical care. If left untreated Prince likely wouldn’t survive. While his family cares deeply for Prince, the cost of this emergency hospitalization was more than they could afford. They got together what they could and reached out to Positive Tails.

His case was approved and his team got to work right away. Within hours, Prince was showing improvements and was discharged to his very happy family after several days of intensive care. He’s reported to be doing very well at home…almost completely back to his old self.

Tyrene

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Tyrene, still a little groggy from surgery, getting some attention from Charles

Tyrene was abandoned when she was a tiny pup, but thankfully found her way into the care of the wonderful Hearts and Bones Rescue.

Tyrene is what some might call the perfect dog. She is a lover of people and other animals. She has been through so much in her 5 months on this planet, but she is ready for her new beginning. She received her @positivetails spay with special thanks to the amazing team at All Creatures Veterinary Hospital, making her adoption ready.

Feeling better!

Salvadore

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Salvadore was rushed to VERG Brooklyn for lethargy and tachypnea (rapid breathing).

When collecting his history, his medical team learned that the other dog in the house had been exposed to rat poison and it was clear that Sal had too. After scouring their own home and the park where they normally take their dogs, it was finally discovered that it happened while they were visiting the home of a friend (who didn’t even realize there was poison on her property).

Salvadore has made a full recovery – please check with your building, landlord, etc about how they use poison to avoid more cases like this!

Magneto

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This story is about one of the gentlest, kindest cats we have ever known (spend a little time with his family and it is clear why he is the way he is).

Magneto was rushed to Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group when his family noticed that he was struggling to urinate. His medical team quickly realized he a had a severe urinary block. Along with being very painful, this can also be deadly if not treated in a timely manner. The problem is that it’s hard to plan for medical emergencies, and this one is expensive to treat. His family gave everything they could towards his care but still need additional assistance. The doctors on the case reached out to Positive Tails for help. His case was quickly approved and he received treatment right away. After a couple of days he was able to go home to his super grateful family and is reported to be doing amazing at home.

A big thanks to Drs. Bloomfield and Perez and the rest of the #VergBrooklyn team for this #positivetail