March 24, 2020 UPDATE - PLEASE READ!!!
Dear friends of Wittenberg Veterinary Clinic, We hope you and your furry family members are staying healthy and enjoying time together in your homes, as well as nice long walks as the days grow longer and warmer. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, spring is coming! Veterinary clinics are considered an “essential” business, and WVC will remain open (during our regular hours-some exceptions) as Wisconsin implements “safer at home” and the closings of all businesses deemed non-essential as of today. There are some Fridays that are affected so please call ahead to discuss. During this time we will be offering essential appointments only, and all routine surgeries are postponed so that valuable medical supplies can be conserved and diverted to help our human medical hospitals and clinics. Did you know that veterinary schools and referral hospitals across the country are sharing ventilators during this crisis? And hundreds of veterinary clinics are donating masks, gloves, gowns and other needed supplies. We are doing this as well. We are, truly, all in this together. So what is considered an essential appointment? We are scheduling sick patients, rabies vaccinations, some puppy and kitten appointments, and patients who have already started a vaccine series, and would need to start over if the appointment is delayed. This may change as we move forward, so please understand if we are not able to see your pet as quickly as we normally would. We will also be offering tele-medicine appointments when requested and appropriate for our current patients only. We continue to offer curbside service, and we are strictly observing social distancing. Please continue to utilize our online store to order food and medications, and don’t forget that it is tick season! As always, contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Our phones are busy, so please be patient. We may also be reached via email at [email protected] Stay well, The doctors and staff at Wittenberg Veterinary Clinic
As of March 18, we have been implementing a “Pets Only Policy.” This means that all owners need to remain out of the building, and we will offer you “Curbside Service.” There may be exceptions made on a case-by-case basis for humane euthanasia only. Please understand that this policy is meant to protect everyone- clients and staff. If we become sick, or exposed and under self-quarantine, we won’t be able to remain open and be of service to you. This is an extreme measure to observe social distancing during this pandemic, and we are asking for your patience and support as we implement this policy. It is still imperative that we know if you, or someone in your home, has been sick or has recently traveled in areas with COVID-19, so please be forthright with this information. Once you arrive at WVC: Please call 715-253-3884 and let us know you have arrived. Please remain in your car with your pet. We will transfer you to one of our technicians/assistants who will take a brief history and discuss any concerns and questions you may have, as well as ask the make, model, and color of your car. Soon after, we will come to your car and collect your pet, to bring it into our building. Once the veterinarian has reviewed the history and done a physical exam, she will call you and discuss things in more detail, as well as recommend a plan for diagnostic tests if needed. An estimate will be discussed and verbal authorization given for treatment obtained during this phone call. We will continue to communicate with you by phone, as we report results and form a treatment plan. All payments for services will be made over the phone if you are paying with a credit card, and from your window if you prefer to pay with check or cash. We will deliver your pet and any medications to you in your car when the appointment is finished. We are truly sorry for this inconvenience, but feel it is the safest way to move forward during this pandemic.
Helping our Clients Stay Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic WVC is planning to remain open with regular business hours unless otherwise directed by local health officials. We recognize that you may have concerns regarding going out in public over the next few weeks and we would like to tell you what we are doing to help you stay healthy. Our sick employees will be staying home, as well as those sharing a home with someone that may have COVID-19. Although it is unlikely pets become sick with COVID-19 or pass it to humans, pets from an infected home will be handled as a source of potential spread of the virus. We will limit exposure of these pets to specific area of the clinic and minimal number of staff, and will use protective clothing when handling them. If possible, pets from homes with COVID-19 will not be seen unless they are sick and require urgent care. If you are at greater risk of getting sick (over the age of 60, immune-compromised, or have other health conditions that put you at risk), please inform us prior to your appointment and we will take extra care to protect you and your pet during the visit. No details are necessary; just tell us you are at risk and need extra precautions. In this case we will wear protective clothing when handling your pet so as to protect you. In addition to routine cleaning, we will be sanitizing common areas frequently, following advice from the CDC. Important Information Regarding COVID-19 and Your Pet Can you give your pet COVID-19? Can your pet give it to you? Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. It is very possible that a pet could act like a “fomite” in that if an infected person would cough into a pet’s fur and then when someone else hugs the dog, transmission could occur. Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them. For more information go to: https://www.avma.org/sites/def... https://www.wormsandgermsblog.... and search for COVID-19
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If you live in Wittenberg or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.
Wittenberg Veterinary Clinic Companion Animal is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. We have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Wittenberg veterinarian.
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103 E Vinal St
Wittenberg, WI 54499
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