Are vets still open during coronavirus lockdown? – The Sun
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Can I still take my pet to the vet during the coronavirus lockdown?
Veterinary practices are being forced to change the way they operate to comply with social distancing measures.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) advice that vets must reduce in-person contact to help with the UK's fight against coronavirus.
This means they must only open for emergency care to pets and fulfil urgent prescriptions.
Anybody looking for an appointment for their pet should contact their local practice
Are vets considered key workers?
The BVA and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) issued a statement to help vets define whether they fit into the government's key worker status.
The statement read: "At this time the provision of public health and the maintenance of food production need to take priority, and veterinary surgeons working in these areas should be considered key workers.
"Veterinary surgeons working in emergency care can also be considered key workers. This will not apply to every veterinary surgeon in clinical practice, and practices may need to consider rationalising their services to achieve this."
The statement also urges vets that "they only claim ‘key worker’ status if absolutely necessary."
Read the full statement here.
How can I keep my pets safe during the lockdown?
The RSPCA issued advice for pet owners who are currently socially distancing or self-isolating due to coronavirus.
The website states that there is currently no evidence that animals can be infected with the Covid-19 bug that humans are suffering with.
Owners should make sure there is enough food and water for their pet at home, as they would humans in the household.
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The website also advises that dogs can still be taken for a walk under government guidelines that they can leave their home for one form of exercise a day.
Pet owners must adhere to social distancing guidelines which means people must stay 2m apart.
If a pet owner has signs or symptoms of coronavirus, they must not leave the house and use a garden as a place for the dog to play.
Read the RSPCA's advice here.
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