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As we continue to work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, balancing protection and practicality continues to be a challenge. The desire to return to “normal(ish)” is completely understandable. However, “normal” is a long way away. It’s more a matter of what degree of “abnormal” we’re willing to tolerate (and for how long), and what degree of disease risk we’re willing to tolerate – the two are generally inversely related. SARS-CoV-2 is a respiratory virus,…
I was at our local farm supply store the other day and saw a sign indicating they were out of chicken coops and trying to find more from different sources. I wonder if there’s a run on backyard chickens as people spend more time at home. There are some good aspects of that. Then…there’s Salmonella. I’m not anti-backyard chicken. (If I wasn’t convinced they’d be coyote-food, and that Heather would kick me out of the…
On June 13, a large shipment of over 500 puppies arrived at Pearson Airport on a chartered flight from the Ukraine.  Tragically, over 3-dozen puppies were found dead on arrival, and many of the others were in very poor health.  This incident has once again brought to the forefront both the disease and welfare issues surrounding canine importation in Canada (and elsewhere), the magnitude of the international puppy mill trade, and the paucity…
Things have been relatively quiet on the animal/COVID front for the past week or so (and that’s good).  We’ll likely continue to see sporadic cases in pets that get infected from their owners. Hopefully, all of those cases will stop with the pet and there will be no further transmission to other people or animals (including wildlife and community cats, which would perhaps be the most conerning). I suspect the next big wave of information…
Things have been relatively quiet on the animal/COVID front the past week or so. (That’s good).  We’ll likely continue to see sporadic cases in pets, who get infected from their owners. Hopefully, all of those will stop with the pet and not get passed on further to people or other animals, (including, perhaps most concerningly, wildlife or community cats). I suspect the next big wave of companion animal info will come out when serological (antibody)…
As we move forward in the COVID-19 era, a lot of things need to be done differently. We’ve written a lot about veterinary clinic aspects, maximizing distancing and protection steps while minimizing the impact on patient care. However, many ancillary issues come up, many related to limiting or managing people going into vet clinics. One group of those is people from industry (pharma, pet food…).  To help with that, the Canadian Animal Health Institute has…
As we move forward in the COVID-19 era, a lot of things need to be done differently. We’ve written a lot about procedures in veterinary clinics to maximize distancing and protection while minimizing the impact on patient care. Many ancillary issues have also come up, including limiting or managing people other than clients going into vet clinics. One such group of people is industry reps (e.g. from pharma and pet food companies) who normally visit…
A non-COVID post for a change. Well, not completely, I guess. COVID is an example of what can happen when a new disease emerges and spreads. There are lots of new diseases lurking out there, mainly in wildlife. Some threaten humans. Some threaten animals. Some do both. Anytime we move ourselves into new environments or move animals from those environments into proximity with us, we create risk. The more we move ourselves and animals, the…
Here’s a bit of an odd-and-ends post covering some common questions I’ve been getting about COVID-19 and infection control in veterinary clinics. As always, answers are based on little or no evidence, but on principles of infection control, and they may change as we learn more and as this pandemic continues to evolve. Would it be safe to let one client per pet into our building, if they have to wear a mask and use…