March 17, 2020
At Oyster River Veterinary Hospital we are concerned about the health and safety of our clients as well as our staff. During this time, it is essential that each of us practice simple, preventative measures as recommended by public health authorities.
We have advised our employees of personal hygiene and social distancing techniques and have provisioned our workspaces with sanitary supplies to inhibit the spread of the virus at work and in the community.
Human health and safety are our number one priority. To that, we have instituted policies that protect our staff, our clients, and our patients. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in safeguarding the health of our community.
At this time, until at least the end of March:
- Traffic flow through the clinic will be restricted to staff only unless through extreme exceptions or a dire emergency.
- Appointments will be seen on a drop off basis. When you arrive, you should call the clinic 603-659-2827 to notify our staff of your arrival. A staff member will go to your car and retrieve your pet, as well as take a thorough history. You may leave and return later or wait outside the building if you prefer.
- We ask that if you have an appointment, and are ill, please contact us so we can reschedule or take appropriate measures such as to request that you have a neighbor or friend bring your pet.
- No further elective (non-urgent) surgical procedures will be scheduled during this time period in order to preserve our consumables that are already on severe shortages. These items must be reserved and available for emergent cases. This is the recommendation of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
With the rapid developments related to this virus and the concerns people everywhere share over its spread, it is important that we all work together to prevent and eradicate it as quickly as possible. We want you to know that we truly recognize that your pet is a part of your family and that we care about the well-being of your pet as well as your own health and safety above all else.
We will continue to monitor the circumstances and changing developments daily and provide any necessary updated information regarding our policies. All information will also be updated both on this website as well as on both our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
We thank you again for your understanding and cooperation at this most difficult time. Together we are stronger and working together we will save lives.
Coronavirus and Your Pet
By Renee Schmid, DVM, DABT Senior Consulting Veterinarian, Clinical Toxicology
Source: PET POISON HELPLINE map to®
Coronavirus is a type of virus consisting of numerous strains that have been seen in animals including dogs, cats, cattle and chickens. These strains can cause gastrointestinal or respiratory illness, including Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) in cats. Vaccinations have been used to prevent the common companion animal strains for decades.
Coronaviruses have zoonotic potential, meaning they can spread from animals to humans, but are not commonly spread from human to human. However, with the new 2019-nCoV virus, the original source is still unknown and the ability for this virus to spread from humans to animals has not yet been shown; information regarding this outbreak is continuing to evolve. According to the CDC, at this point, there is no evidence to suggest animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading or contracting this infection, including those from China. While this virus seems to have originated from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person but at this time, there is no indication that animals or pets in the United States would be a concern as a source of infection with this new coronavirus.
If you or someone you know is ill and are concerned that it may be due to 2019-nCoV, the CDC recommends that you do not handle pets or other animals while sick. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with 2019-nCoV, several types of coronaviruses can cause illness in animals and spread between animals and people. Until more information becomes available, the CDC recommends avoiding contact with animals if you are potentially ill with 2019 n-CoV and wearing a facemask if you must be around animals or care for a pet.
For the most up to date information regarding coronavirus, please visit these sites as new information is frequently released:
or the World Health Organization’s website:
Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 for pet owners and veterinary professionals. Additional information can be found online at www.petpoisonhelpline.com
Oyster River Veterinary Hospital is Here for You
Our goal at Oyster River Veterinary Hospital is to enrich the lives of people and their pets.
Since opening in 1976, Oyster River Veterinary Hospital doctors and staff have focused on providing your pets with remarkable patient care and a welcoming atmosphere. We strive to show dedication to our clients and community to ensure their pets get compassionate care. We ensure our staff is a well-developed team able to provide proper education on your pets’ best care. And above all else, we strive for excellence by instilling value in everything that we do for your pets.
Care Options: New veterinary clients are being accepted.
While appointments are preferred, doctors are always available for walk-in care. Pet owners are encouraged to select a doctor within the practice who will provide primary care for their pets so that when medical intervention is required, you’ll have the necessary support in place to understand all of the options available.
We accept all major credit cards and checks with proper identification. In addition, we accept CareCredit® a GE Money Healthcare financing option.
There are many board-certified small animal specialists available to our patients at Veterinary Critical Care and Referral Hospital in Newington. Due to the highly specialized nature of the diagnostic equipment, patients in need of Specialty Services must be seen in Newington. Please ask your Oyster River veterinarian about a referral if you feel that your pet requires a Specialist.