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Valley Veterinary Hospital and Cascade East Animal Clinic
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COVID-19 Updates: as of May 2021
At Valley Veterinary Hospital and Cascade East Animal Clinic, we are committed to providing a safe environment for you, your pet, and our team members during the COVID-19(coronavirus) pandemic.
There is currently no evidence that pets become sick from COVID-19, nor that they can transmit it to other animals.
We have implemented additional cleaning and sanitizing procedures at our hospitals.
We ask our clients to follow these guidelines:
1. We are currently using curbside check-in service until further notice. When you arrive, you will see a phone number and parking spot number to call in (please NO texts) to notify us you have arrived. (Please be patient, our 3 receptionists are working as efficiently as possible to answer phones and assist other clients.)
2. We have limited lobby capacity of 4 people to maintain social distancing. We attempt to give priority to clients who have circumstances that necessitate lobby use. We ask that you please wait for a staff member to invite you in to the lobby and wear a mask inside our building.
3. We currently are unable to allow owners in exam rooms with their pets.
4. If you are sick, have a fever or a cough, please communicate with us by phone, and kindly do not enter our facility. We can discuss options for getting your pet seen.
Thank you for your patience during this time; we are doing our best to promote a safe environment for our clients and staff. We want to provide the best patient care possible and make your experience here as comfortable as possible. We look forward to being able to ease these guidelines when it is deemed safe to do so.
West Nile Virus
Symptoms of disease caused by WNV may include the following:
* Flu-like signs (fever and depression)
Because permanent neurological problems and death can occur, early recognition and initiation of treatment is important. No specific treatment protocol exists however most cases will resolve with supportive therapy and anti-inflammatories.
Efforts to prevent disease in horses caused by WNV is through the use of the West Nile Vaccine from Fort Dodge Pharmaceuticals and through actions that will reduce exposure to mosquitoes. The vaccine is safe and effective.
The most effective way to limit the mosquito population is to destroy the mosquito larval habitat. This is done by reducing the amount of standing water. Water troughs should be cleaned at least once a week. Keeping weeds trimmed and lawn mowed help eliminate areas where mosquitoes rest. Directly protecting horses from mosquito bites is more difficult. Fly and mosquito repellents may be helpful. Products containing pyrethroids are considered safe for horses. Spray stalls, aisle walls and other areas such as under shade trees where horses congregate. Fans can also be used to discourage mosquitoes from residing in your barn.