In these uncertain times, it seems current to talk about what everyone else is talking about – Coronavirus. Any discussion on COVID-19 needs to be predicated on the statement that this commentary is as of today, and things are changing daily. As I write this today, you will be reading this in about three weeks, and a lot will be different at that time, so I will try to keep this general and what we know at the moment.

First of all, with consult from the WHO, CDC, and AVMA, dogs and cats cannot get this strain of coronavirus, and this coronavirus is currently only infecting and being passed in humans.

I feel so fortunate to be a Veterinarian all the time, but especially now. I took an oath almost 40 years ago that I would use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I am appreciative of the Governor of Ohio for recognizing the importance of Veterinary Medicine by designating us as essential and allowing us to fulfill our oath and use our gifts for the benefit of our clients and their pets.

Being designated as essential gives us the ability to remain open, but with the responsibility of protecting our staff and clients while helping our patients. We take this very seriously and comply with orders and institute additional safeguards.

Even though pets do not get coronavirus, we are taking care of our usual sick patients, filling medications, and giving advice. There are some general recommendations in these times, and always, that you should consider. Try to have a two-week supply of food and medications, and just as we are all washing our hands more often, we should be wiping down our pets with a typical hand wipe.

In conclusion, I feel that we should all have a rational concern during this National crisis, but not to the extent of fear and worry. Concern out of control is worry, and worry does not change anything and clouds our decision making. Please be kind and patient, as we are all in this together, and this will soon be behind us as we continue as Americans leading the way. God bless you all.