Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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What Is a Zoonotic Disease?

While animals provide many benefits to humans such as friendship, entertainment, meat, dairy, etc. Some are known for carrying germs that may be spread to humans and cause illness. These are known as zoonotic diseases, which are caused by germ-like viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Some animals who appear healthy may carry germs that could potentially make a human sick.

Symptoms may range from mild to serious illness, and even death, in both humans and animals.

How do Zoonotic Germs Spread Between Animals and Humans?

Zoonotic diseases may spread through direct contact, indirect contact, vector-borne or foodborne.

Direct contact means you have come into contact with urine, feces, blood or any sort of bodily fluids from an infected animal. For example, if you are petting an animal and it bites or scratches you.

Indirect contact means coming into contact with areas where animals may live or roam. For example, chicken coop, fish aquarium, soil, pet food and water, etc.

Vector-Borne means being bitten by an insect, such as a tick, mosquito, flea, etc.

Some animals who appear healthy may carry germs that could potentially make a human sick.

Food Borne means eating contaminated food or drinking something unsafe. Such as unpasteurized milk, undercooked meat or eggs, raw fruits or veggies contaminated with feces, etc.

What Can You do to Protect You and Your Family From Zoonotic Diseases?

It’s still safe for people to come into contact with animals, as there are many places where you can do so; Such as Petting Zoos, fairs, schools, parks. Mosquitos, fleas and ticks are always out and about, and sometimes it’s too late.

Here are some tips and tricks to protect you and your family from zoonotic diseases;

  • Wash your hands(with soap)!!! Especially after touching an animal, even if you didn’t touch any animals, is one of the most important things to remember.
  • Insect repellant to keep the pesky insects away.
  • Know the simple basics of pet handling.
  • Keep updated on the most common zoonotic diseases.
  • Learn how to safely handle food while cooking

Written by: Nat Simpkins, Client Care Representative

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Last updated: July 28, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital