By Shelly Allen, Pet Junction Publisher
As new guidelines from the CDC and Federal Government come down the pike for dealing with the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, your local pet related businesses are changing some things in order to comply and keep you safe.
Here’s what just some our sponsors are doing to comply with local and Federal guidelines and keep staff and customers healthy:
“We are operating normally (at diminished capacity), we have always had a very thorough sanitation protocol, but have added several layers to that in an effort to keep staff and clients safe. We are also offering curbside pick up/delivery for anyone that calls ahead and requests it – especially encouraged for our vulnerable clients or those returning from trips to high risk areas. We are also offering discounted daycare and boarding for hospital employees. We also offer gift cards/prepaid services if people want to support us for use at a future time.”
“We are going to remain open but will offer free delivery and curbside pick up as well. You just need to call ahead and we will get it ready for you!”
“We are focused on maintaining normalcy and providing health services to the pet community but we are taking additional precautions to keep are staff, doctors and clients healthy during this uncertain time.”
“We are open and will remain open as long as we can. We are fully stocked with healthy food choices for your dogs and cats. We are here to serve you during this uncertain time.”
“We are open and operating under different standards that were designed to keep everyone healthy and protected.”
“In order to keep our clients healthy we have closed our grooming salon, however, our retail space remains open. To get the supplies you need without leaving the comfort of your home, please visit our website and shop online! Shopping through our website allows you to support our small business while keeping your exposure to the virus at a minimum.”
GOLDEN COCKATOO IN DEERFIELD BEACH
“Our business hours have changed, our New Hours are Friday – Monday: Noon -4PM; Tuesday – Thursday: Closed. In order to stay compliant and keep our staff and clients healthy, we will cease all grooming services. We are still open for boarding, and are able to groom during boarding as long as you are boarding for at least 3 days.
Starting, March 23, will institute a “Drive by” ordering style to all clients. Just drive to the store during our new business hours, call us at 954-725-0088 when you arrive and a staff member will come out to take your order. We will wait on people one at a time so thank you in advance for your patience. We prefer a credit card so we can come outside with a Square portable credit card processing machine so you can pay for your order from the safety of your car. We will still accept cash but will have to go back and forth into the store.”
So, Are Your Pets At Risk?
According to the CDC, in the United States, there is no evidence to suggest that household pets are at risk of carrying the COVID-19 infection. The CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, however, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you are sick with COVID-19, it is best to restrict contact with your pets just as you would with other family members. That means having other members of the household care for your pets should you contract the illness. If you are infected, avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. Be certain to wash your hands before and after you interact with them. Feed them healthy food and supplements to boost their immune system and take your pets to the veterinarian regularly.
Pet Junction Magazine and all of our sponsors are on high alert with the COVID-19 virus and situation. Our main concern is that each of you keep yourselves, your loved ones and your pets healthy! Our sponsors are here to help and are doing everything they can to make your life easier by keeping your favorite pet brands in stock and offering their services without interruption. We ask that you please be patient and take the precautions that are within your control. We will do our best to keep you updated as the situation develops.
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