Halian Veterinary Centre
The Red Cow, 107 Radlett Road,
Frogmore, Herts AL2 2LA
Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 12:00
Outside of these hours in an Emergency please call the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals on 01707 666399
This is a scary time for all of us. We will try to keep this page up to date, but things are changing rapidly so please do call us for the most up to date advice
We are aware
of a BBC article stating that vets are advising you to keep your cats in doors.
This is not the case. We are not advising that all cats are kept indoors. There
is NO current advice that suggests a need to change your cat’s way of life. Medical
issues due to the stress of being kept indoors are much more of a risk to your
cat’s well-being. It is only in specific situations and for specific cats that
this may be considered as an option. Please call us if you are worried about
your cat before making changes to your cats’ lifestyle.
There have been a tiny number of cases of Covid-19 in
animals and in all cases, it is likely that the transmission was human to
animal. At the moment there is no evidence of
COVID-19 circulating in pets in the UK and nothing to suggest that pets might
transmit the disease to humans. However, pets could act as fomite (carrier) of
the virus on their fur for short periods in the same way that other surfaces
such as a door handle or shopping trolley can carry the virus from one place to another.
line with the general advice on COVID-19, you should wash your hands regularly
including before and after you come into contact with animals and pets. You do
not need to bath your pet any more frequently unless there is a veterinary
reason to do so for your pets’ health. Please
do not wipe down your pet with antibacterial wipes or disinfectants as this
could be toxic to your pet.
If you have Covid- 19 the current advice is
Restrict contact with pets as a precautionary animal
health measure until more information is known about the virus.
If your pet requires care, wash your hands before and
after any interaction with them and wear a face mask if possible.
Keep cats indoors only if the cat is happy to be kept indoors.
This applies only to cats from infected households or where their owners are
self-isolating, and only if the cat is happy to be kept indoors. Some cats cannot
stay indoors due to stress-related medical reasons.
Try to arrange for someone else to exercise dogs, taking
care to restrict any contact with the person walking your dog and making sure
they practice good hygiene.
This is to reduce the likelihood of your pet spreading
the disease through environmental contamination on their fur – there is still no evidence that pet animals
play a role in the spread of the disease.
If your pet shows clinical signs, please do not take it
to the vet but call the practice for advice.
Our home lifestyles will have changed dramatically which
may be stressful for our pets. Please see the link below for advice on what to
look out for in your pet.
There have been a lot of dangerously
misleading headlines in the mainstream media and on social media. The
veterinary community is currently waiting for more details on the accuracy, and
relevance, of scientific reports. The advice from the BVA, BSAVA, AVMA and WHO
remains clear. There is currently NO evidence that animals can spread COVID-19
to humans. Please choose your source of information carefully, read whole
articles not only headlines and only share information responsibly.