(UPDATED 3/19/2020) We at Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak and what it means for our companion animals. We continue to practice rigorous sanitary measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Our hearts go out to all those families who are impacted by the virus.
- Effective immediately, to improve the safety of our clients and team members, Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies is implementing concierge service for all clients, including:
- Until further notice, Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies will no longer allow pet owners or other non-team members inside of the hospital during daylight hours. Special exceptions may be made for critical care patients, clients that are making end of life decisions, and clients that are coming in for assessment during nighttime hours. Staff members will make additional recommendations following initial assessment.
- All clients will be screened for potential exposure to Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 by being asked to respond to the following questions:
- Have you, or has anyone living in the same household as you, traveled outside of Douglas County in the past 14 days? If yes, where did you travel?
- Have you been in contact with anyone who has been confirmed COVID-19 positive in the last 14 days?
- Is anyone you live with waiting on a COVID-19 test result?
- Have you had any respiratory signs or flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days?
- Are you currently experiencing any respiratory signs of the virus, or any flu-like symptoms?
- If you are feeling ill, please ask someone else to bring your pet in for evaluation. We will still see your pet but ask that you help keep others healthy.
- If you are at high-risk for contracting COVID-19, please ask someone else to bring your pet in for evaluation.
- Please call us at 303.660.1027 upon arrival from your car.
- Our staff, practicing CDC recommended health-protective procedures, will retrieve your pet from your vehicle and bring them inside the hospital for assessment.
- While your pet is having their evaluation, you may wait in your vehicle or at home as directed by a hospital team member.
The health and wellbeing of our community is our top priority and we will do all we can to help limit the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe. Thank you for your understanding.
We will update this page as new information becomes available. For the most up-to-date information, we recommend you check with official government agencies. The information and links below may also be helpful.
- Global health authorities including the World Health Organization and US Centers for Disease Control have determined that there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created www.coronavirus.gov, where you can obtain information on precautions to take to minimize the chances of contracting the virus at home, at work, and out in the world. The recommendations for COVID-19 are changing as officials learn more about the virus, so you may wish to monitor the site for updates.
- CDC FAQ with statement: “At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19”
- World Health Organization FAQ with a statement: “there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19”
- American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) article: Coronavirus update: Pets are safe . . . but wash your hands