Animal Hospital of Chetek and Animal Hospital North COVID-19 Update
As you know many Wisconsin businesses have been told to shut their doors in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
As of now both the Animal Hospital of Chetek and the Animal Hospital North shall remain open, but we must operate with an abundance of caution. To minimize risk we are immediately implementing the following changes.
1. Please limit the number of people attending appointments to one. We understand this will not always be possible, but anything you can do to aid us will be appreciated.
2. If you are feeling ill, please reschedule your appointment. If your pet is sick and you are feeling ill, please arrange for a friend or relative to take your pet to our hospital.
3. We are trying hard to limit the number of people in our lobby. To do this we are asking pet owners to call when they’re in the parking lot. We will then let you know when to bring your pet in.
4. If you feel an appointment can wait, please call and reschedule. In general an adult dog or cat can be a few months overdue for their distemper vaccine and still be protected. Rabies, Leptospirois, and Lyme vaccines should still be pursued.
5. Heartworm/other worm and flea/tick prevention should still be used as many of the parasites these products prevent can also be harmful to people. If you purchase from us, please call ahead so we can have these products ready for you. This will hold true for any medicine your pet may need.
6. All house call are suspended indefinitely.
7. We also understand at this time that many of our clients are facing financial uncertainty. If you are currently on a Healthy Pet Program and feel like you will not be able to make a payment due to a layoff, please let us know and we will suspend payments for a month or two (depending on how all of this plays out).
8. Furthermore if you are an established client and your pet is sick, but you are currently laid off, please contact us. We have some charitable funds available, and we are more than willing to offer delayed payments for clients who have been coming to us for years. We must stress that we can only offer this to well established clients.
9. Hopefully by making these changes, and increasing our overall sterilization policies we will reduce the spread of this virus. If these changes are ignored we may be forced to close our doors as well.
As with everything else regarding COVID-19, things may abruptly change. We will keep you posted as best we can. Our top priority is to keep your pets healthy during this time.
-Kamran Khan, DVM