🚨 Coronavirus Update 14th April
At Parkside, we are continuing to focus our care on urgent and emergency cases, however, with the ongoing lockdown, we have to consider the health and welfare of young puppies & kittens.
We had suspended puppy & kitten vaccinations over the previous 3 weeks in an effort to reduce unnecessary travel and the number of cases our emergency team at Dundee would be faced with.
It is now apparent that the lockdown and restrictions will likely go on for several more weeks and we feel that to delay these vaccines further may lead to a population of vulnerable pups & kittens at risk of diseases such as parvovirus or flu. We have seen both parvo and cat flu in our practice in the last year so this is indeed a very real risk.
Over the next 24 hours we will be contacting clients who have had the first vaccination already with us.
If your pup or kitten is due their first vaccination or has had their first vaccination elsewhere and is now due their second vaccination then we would ask you to give us a call and we will arrange to have the second vaccination done as soon as possible.
It is very important that social distancing is maintained both for our clients and for our staff. For pups going into the surgery we will provide a basket into which the pups can be placed while maintaining a 2 metre distance between staff and clients, kittens will be transferred in their carrier.
We will take them inside for their health check and vaccination whilst owners wait in the car or outside the building. It is vital that a 2 metre distance is maintained between staff and clients at all times for everybody’s safety. If anyone in the household is self-isolating or ill we would ask you to please not request an appointment at this time.
Adult dog and cat boosters are not being carried out at this time as we feel confident that existing vaccination cover will provide protection for up to 3 months past the due date.
We are having regular team meetings and this advice and the services that we can offer are regularly reviewed.
Rest assured that as soon as it is safe for us to offer further services such as wider adult vaccinations we will do so.
Finally, we ask for your understanding and patience with these decisions, they have not been taken lightly and are based around government advice that we should stay at home and minimise all unnecessary travel. These really are unprecedented times and we as a practice strongly believe that by following these guidelines we can play our part in helping to reduce the transmission of Covid-19, protect the valuable work our colleagues in the NHS are doing every day and ultimately help to save lives.
Stay home and safe everyone!
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