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You may have read in the news recently that a female tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19. Some of the other tigers and a few lions were showing mild signs of the infection as well. This news will most likely cause cat owners to become concerned, asking themselves if COVID-19 can infect their cats, and if their cats can transmit the infection to humans. Dr. Bryan Langlois, the Medical Director of the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County and the Immediate Past-President of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association,...

On March 6, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed the existence of a disaster emergency throughout the Commonwealth as a result of COVID-19. On March 19, 2020, Governor Wolf ordered that no person or entity shall operate a place of business in the Commonwealth that is not a life-sustaining business regardless of whether the business is open to members of the public, and a list was provided to help citizens understand what business were to be considered “life sustaining businesses.” Since that time, there has been some confusion in the veterinary community as to whether...

Source: AVMA.org When implemented properly, telemedicine may improve patient triage and clinical outcomes, and benefit patients, animal owners and the veterinary practice. From improving after-hours or hospice care, to making it easier for busy clients to arrange routine checkups and follow-up care for pets, telemedicine offers opportunities to increase access to and utilization of veterinary care – improving the quality of care for patients. Follow these steps to implement telehealth successfully in your practice. 1. Know the rules You might already have ideas about how you'd like to incorporate telemedicine into your veterinary...

PVMA is working hard to give you timely, accurate information during the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge you to check our website, PaVMA.org frequently, as we will update it as the situation evolves. If you have questions not addressed in this post, click here and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.   Is Veterinary Medicine an essential business? On Monday, March 16, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania is entering aggressive mitigation to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes the closing of all non-essential facilities. Are veterinary hospitals and ambulatory practices considered essential? According to...

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