COVID19 Bowen Vet Services Update for March 26th
Bowen Veterinary Services remains open but has taken extra precautions to limit human contact and protect our clients and our staff. Read these helpful tips below:
- Please call ahead to order medications and food and be prepared to pay by credit card over the phone. When you arrive for pick-up, call the receptionist and they will leave your items outside.
- Clients that show up at our door will be screened with 3 health questions through the clinic window before allowing entry. If you are symptomatic, please send someone in your place
- Vet to client communication will take place by phone whenever possible
- Appointments will be spaced to allow the staff to perform disinfecting protocols in between patients
- Emergencies or cases requiring overnight hospitalization and/or advanced diagnostics will be referred directly to Mountainside Animal Hospital & 24 Hr. Services. (604) 973-1247 as Bowen Vet is not licensed to provide emergency services after hours.
The following is a list of what services Bowen Vet is or is not performing at this time as dictated by the CVBC (College of Veterinarians of British Columbia) and the CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association):
- Wellness visits are postponed until further notice.
- Rabies vaccines will only be given in a puppy or kitten series and the first booster (at approximately 16-months of age). All animals who have had multiple rabies vaccines will be postponed. We will give any animal with potential exposure to rabies a booster within 7 days of exposure.
- All other vaccine series that have been started will be completed if deemed medically important, such as with puppies and kittens.
- Life-threatening conditions will be managed using social distancing. If you are high-risk please let us know when you make the appointment and we will manage the case accordingly.
- Management of painful conditions will be managed with telemedicine (phone or email). We will determine if an in-person exam is necessary. Please note that there will be a charge for telemedicine consults.
- Management of chronic conditions will also be managed via telemedicine.
- All elective procedures (such as spays, neuters, dentals and most mass removals, etc.) will be delayed and elective surgeries of painful disorders will only to be done if the pain can’t be managed with analgesics or if the delay of the surgery could lead to a negative outcome. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Blood and urine monitoring will be delayed unless doing so could increase risk of complications. This will also be determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Euthanasia’s will proceed with social distancing in place as much as possible to allow pets and their human families to remain connected during this incredibly difficult end-of-life stage.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding!