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Frequently Asked Questions

With the outbreak of COVID-19, if pet owners are unable to bring their pet into the clinic, can I waive the yearly exam requirement to fill scheduled and non-scheduled medications for animals?

The Veterinary Board of Governors advises that veterinarians must follow all veterinary regulations. At least two regulations relate to the question posed above:

  • WAC 246-933-200 Veterinary-client-patient relationship. In particular, paragraph 1.b.i, “that the veterinarian has examined the animal(s) within the last year, or sooner if medically appropriate.”
  • WAC 246-933-020 describes the objectives of veterinary medicine as “to render veterinary services to society, to assist in conserving livestock resources, and to assist in relieving suffering of animals. The veterinarian shall always endeavor to act in such a manner to further these objectives.”

In the case of emergency situations, such as the inability of a client to travel due to a statewide emergency, veterinarians should use their best medical judgment in a case by case basis. Be extra careful to document all requests and decisions thoroughly. Veterinarians should also be careful to follow DEA prescription guidelines for schedule drugs. See page 19 of the DEA Practitioner’s Manual.


What are the potential shortages of drugs and medical supplies?

AVMA writes the following: The AVMA is concerned about potential medical supply chain issues, including both pharmaceuticals (specifically active pharmaceutical ingredients [APIs]) and medical products, such as personal protective equipment. We have learned from FDA that there are 32 animal drug firms that make finished drugs or source active pharmaceutical ingredients in China for the United States market. The FDA has contacted all 32 firms and no shortages have been reported at this time. However, six of those firms have indicated that they are seeing disruptions in the supply chain that soon could lead to shortages. The FDA is working with these firms to help identify interventions to mitigate potential shortages. FDA has done similar work on the medical product/device side. An FDA webpage

has been created through which the FDA is sharing information around the availability of drugs and medical supplies. Because veterinarians use a substantial number of FDA-approved human drugs under federal extralabel drug use statute and regulations, shortages on the human side will be felt by veterinary medicine as well. Veterinarians are encouraged to send information regarding any supply chain issues of concern to the AVMA at [email protected]. Detailed information on the product of concern and the manufacturer/distributor of that product will be most helpful.


What do veterinarians need to know about surgical mask shortages? Can I re-use them?

Dr. Scott Weese, on his Worms & Germs Blog reports that the availability of surgical masks has decreased and veterinary clinics are typically unable to obtain masks. Suppliers and manufacturers are primed towards supplying the human medical facilities. An obvious solution might be to re-use masks, but is that appropriate? Read Dr. Weese’s assessment on what veterinarians need to know about the different types of masks and the question of whether you can re-use them.


What if an employee tests positive for COVID-19? What’s my responsibility in notifying clients or others who may have come in contact?

Notify anyone whom the employee may have come in contact with, especially those who came within six feet for more than 10 minutes or been in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19. Recommend they follow all COVID-19 guidelines as they pertain to exposure e.g. they should monitor their symptoms for 14 days since the date of last contact with the individual and should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days. The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Also, follow all cleaning recommendations.

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – WA Dept. of Health

What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – WA Dept. of Health


What if an employee is symptomatic but hasn’t been tested?

If an employee is symptomatic, they should follow all COVID-19 recommendations as outlined below.

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – WA Dept. of Health
What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – WA Dept. of Health


What if a client comes in exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms such as cough or fever?

Ask the client to reschedule their appointment until their health has recovered according to WA Dept. of Health guidelines so they don’t spread the disease to others. Consider using a telemedicine platform to provide remote care to sick animals if they can be managed at home.


Do I have to shut down my clinic in the event one or more employees contracts COVID-19?

At this time, there are no legal requirements to shut down businesses.


What options are there for those who get laid off their jobs or need to take sick time due to COVID-19? What do we need to know as WA businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak?

If you are affected by COVID-19, Employment Security Dept. has programs that may be able to help. They have adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses. This easy-to-read comparison guide lists some of the most common scenarios that may occur and benefits that may apply.

For complete information for workers and businesses, visit the ESD website, which includes frequently asked questions for both employees and employers as well as COVID-19 and WA’s Paid Family and Medical Leave FAQs.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Association for Washington Business recommends the following:

  • Review human resource policies – Consider flexible work options. This can mean telecommuting, different worksites or flexible schedules. Remind employees if they’re sick, they should stay home.
  • Create an employee communications plan – Share accurate information with employees as situations develop. Basic information like what the virus is, how it spreads, and how to take care of one’s self can go a long way to prevent rumors and misinformation. Think ahead about how you will communicate in case one of your employees becomes sick.
  • Plan ahead for how you will handle absenteeism – Several schools have already canceled classes, forcing some parents to stay home to care for children.
  • Coordinate with state and local public health officials
  • Make a business continuity plan – Be prepared to execute a new strategy if necessary. Think of alternative suppliers, critical customers or how to suspend your operations.

Other Business Resources:

Contact the WSVMA if you have other questions, or wish to report conditions in your practice. The more information we gain from you, the more we can assist everyone. (800) 399-7862 or [email protected].


What do I need to know about safely handling and quarantining animals from owners who test positive for COVID-19?

We took these questions to public health officials and WSDA. At this time, official information on this topic is limited and CDC has not formulated an official response. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) has not yet come to an official consensus.

There is a resource listed on animalsheltering.orgPrepare Your Shelter Team: Caring for Animals Exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  CODE 3 Associates is a partner in National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) and a member of the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP).

In reviewing the CODE 3 Associates – Caring for Pets Exposed to COVID-19 document, this is standard decontamination protocol for pets coming into shelters from natural disasters/flooding event/etc.

  • Standard decontamination protocol on natural disasters is to bath pets using Dawn soap upon entry into the shelter. Continued bathing with Dawn can be quite harsh on the dogs skin, but is most often used on first entry in the shelter.
  • CODE 3 Associate Director will update us if guidance changes.
Federal and Int’l Agencies

Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
COVID-19 and Animals
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
Information for Healthcare Professionals
Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
Protect Yourself from Flu at a Large Public Event
Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mitigation Strategies for Seattle-King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties (PDF)
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Disenfecting Building Facilities

OSHA
OSHA’s Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF)

World Health Organization (WHO)
Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) 
Questions and Answers on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
COVID-19 and veterinary activities designated as essential

Environmental Protection Agency
EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19

Government of Hong Kong
Detection of low level of COVID-19 virus in pet dog
Second dog has tested positive for the corona virus

FDA
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Supply Chain Update
FDA Surgical Mask & Gown Strategies

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
COVID-19 Resource Page

CARES Act
Coronavirus Emergency Loans – Small Business Guide and Checklist – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
CARES Act Introduces Forgivable Loans With Paycheck Protection Program – Katz Sapper & Miller
CARES Act Provides More Tax Relief – Katz Sapper & Miller
CARES Act Highlights – AVMA
CARES Act Webinar – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
COVID-19 Loan Options – Katz Sapper & Miller

Washington Agencies & Local Information

Washington State Government
Washington State COVID-19 Response

WA Department of Health
2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)
Healthcare Provider Resources & Recommendations
What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (PDF)

Public Health — Seattle & King County
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Public Health Insider Blog
Updates and interim guidance on outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Planning for a Coronavirus Pandemic: A guide for businesses and organizations
Guidance for retail businesses and service operators to protect from the spread of COVID-19

WSDA
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Disease and Animals (PDF)
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus Disease) Information
A covid-19 message for equestrians

Washington State University
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Disease and Animals (PDF)
WSU Veterinary College modifies operations for Covid-19 pandemic

WA State Employment Security Department
Information for workers and businesses affected by COVID-19
COVID-19 Scenarios & Benefits Available
COVID-19 and WA’s Paid Family and Medical Leave FAQs.

WA State Dept. of Financial Institutions
Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19

Office of the Governor
Resource List for Washington State Businesses and Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Coronavirus
COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers
WA Essential Critical Infrastructure Executive Order – March 24, 2020

WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Paid Sick Leave and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Common Questions

WDOH Call Center: The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Note: The DOH coronavirus hotline is experiencing high traffic and may be temporarily unavailable.

Additional Information & News

Additional Business Resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Workplace Tips for Employees
Washington Small Business Development Center Small Business Resiliency Guide (PDF)
COVID-19 Labor, Employment & Benefits Legal Update – Lane Powell Attorneys
SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Washington counties now eligible for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
Managing Cash Flow in Times of Uncertainty – Katz, Sapper & Miller

Worms & Germs Blog – Dr. Scott Weese
COVID-19 in a Dog: Update
Flowchart to determine pet owner contact protocol
Step-by-step COVID-19 protocol for receiving patients in a small-animal veterinary hospital

World Small Animal Veterinary Association
The New Coronavirus and Companion Animals – Advice for WSAVA Members

National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians
Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel

Animal Sheltering.org
Coronavirus (COVID-19) shelter kit
Guidance for companion animal quarantine after exposure to a human with COVID-19 from Code 3 & Associates with ASAR
Animal Services’ Role in COVID-19 Support – Univ. of Wisc. Shelter Medicine Program
Interim Guidance on Shelter Care of Animals Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) – last updated 3-15-20
Seattle animal adoptions down nearly 50% amid COVID-19 outbreak – Q13 FOX  – March 20, 2020
National animal welfare groups have come together to produce a Daily Digest of information, updates and resources to help the animal sheltering, rescue and veterinary communities during this critical time. You can subscribe HERE.

U.S. State Department
US State Department travel information

Am. Assoc of Bovine Practitioners
Resources for Cattle Veterinarians in the COVID-19 Outbreak

News Articles
Your Pets Unlikely to Get or Give Coronavirus – WebMD, March 3, 2020
Veterinarians face effects of coronavirus outbreak – VIN, March 3, 2020
Coronaviruses Commonly Seen In Domestic Livestock – Texas A&M, March 3, 2020
A dog has a ‘low-level’ coronavirus infection – Washington Post, March 4, 2020
Idexx Sees No COVID-19 Cases in Pets – Idexx, March 13, 2020
8 Questions Employers Should Ask About Coronavirus – Harvard Business Review, March 2, 2020
For answers to general questions about coronavirus: 5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Coronavirus – Yale Medicine, March 12, 2020
Are Your Horses Ready for You to be Quarantined? – The Horse, March 12, 2020
IDEXX Sees No COVID-19 Cases in Pets – IDEXX – March 16, 2020
Coronavirus guide: Communicating with staff and clients – AAHA – March 19, 2020
What I want you to know about coronavirus, from a Seattle woman who recovered from COVID-19 –  The Seattle Times – March 20, 2020
Covid-19 Resources – AAHA – March 20, 2020
Can cats really get or pass on COVID-19, as a report from Belgium suggests? – The Conversation, March 30, 2020

Personal Protective Equipment Donations to WA hospitals
COVID-19 PPE Donations
Industrial facemasks okayed for hospital use—or, if you can’t wait, you can make your own – AAHA

Wellbeing
Tips for Disaster Responders
CORONAVIRUS vs. COLD vs. FLU vs. ALLERGIES – Kansas State Department of Health
Covid-19 and Wellbeingv-vAVMA
Wellbeing in a time of COVD – AVMA My Veterinary Life Podcast – AVMA
General Wellbeing Resources -AVMA
Pandemic self-care for veterinary teams – AAHA NewStat
Coronavirus anxiety overwhelmed this doctor. A deep breath helped – Washington Post
Mental Health and Coping during COVID – CDC
Emotional Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Outbreak – Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Happiness Lab – Covid-related podcasts with Dr. Laurie Santos
Science of Wellbeing course – Coursera