Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can my pet get Covid19 virus or can I get the virus from my pet?
A. According to the CDC: While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person in China. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):
SARS-COV-2 AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS, INCLUDING PETS
On Thursday, February 27, Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) reported that samples obtained on February 26 from the nasal and oral cavities of a pet dog (a 17-year-old Pomeranian whose owner had been diagnosed with COVID-19) had tested “weak positive” for SARS-CoV-2, using a real time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT PCR) test. A fecal sample was negative. Testing was repeated on February 28, March 2, and March 5 with continued “weak positive” results (nasal and oral sample, nasal sample, nasal sample, respectively). The RT PCR test is sensitive, specific, and does not cross-react with other coronaviruses of dogs or cats. A “weak positive” result suggests a small quantity of SARS- CoV-2 RNA was present in the samples, but does not distinguish between RNA detected from intact virus and fragments of RNA. To better understand what this means, additional testing has been, and continues to be, conducted.
Part of that testing is serology to see if the dog is mounting an immune response to the virus. An acute phase sample was negative, indicating there are currently not measurable amounts of antibodies to the virus in the dog’s blood. This does not mean the dog is not infected with the virus, because it is not uncommon to have a negative result in earlier stages of infection. It can take 14 days or more for measurable levels of antibodies to be detected. A second “convalescent” phase sample will be obtained later for further testing. In addition, gene sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the dog and its close human contacts has been done and the viral sequences are very similar.
Experts from the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences of the City University of Hong Kong believe the consistency and persistence of the results suggest the virus may have spread from the infected people to the dog in this particular case. Follow-up serology is pending.
Testing has been conducted by the laboratories of the AFCD and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong. The latter is an accredited reference laboratory for the WHO for the testing of SARS-COV-2.
This pet dog is one of two pet dogs under quarantine in separate rooms in a facility at the Hong Kong Port of Hong Kong-Zhuhai- Macao Bridge; the second pet dog has had negative results of tests for the virus. The pet dogs are being cared for and neither has shown any signs of being ill with COVID-19.
In other testing, IDEXX announced on March 13 that it had evaluated thousands of canine and feline specimens during validation of its new veterinary test system for the COVID-19 virus and had obtained no positive results. The specimens used for test development and validation were obtained from specimens submitted to IDEXX Reference Laboratories for PCR testing.
Considering this information in total, infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations (CDC, OIE, WHO) agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.
Q. Do you do a deep cleaning?
A. Yes, we clean above and below the gums.
Q. Do you clean the inside of the teeth?
A. Yes, we clean all aspects of every tooth.
Q. How do I book an appointment?
Q. Will it hurt?
A. All dental cleanings can feel a bit uncomfortable at times but no more uncomfortable than when you have your own teeth cleaned by your hygienist. Even that level of comfort may vary from person to person just as it may vary from pet to pet. We are always aware of your pet’s comfort level and may offer breaks if we can see that your pet is becoming sore or showing signs of discomfort. If you pet is crying, extra wiggly or aggressive; we may offer sedation with your permission to keep your pet calm for the cleaning so that we may achieve the best results for your pet’s oral health.
Q. Do you use novocaine on my pet’s gums?
A. No. Most pets tolerate the cleaning without any noticeable pain. If we notice any signs of pain, we stop the dental request permission to offer sedation to allow your pet get through the procedure free of pain.
Q. Do you use fluoride on my pet’s teeth?
A. No, we use an organic holistic paste safe for pets.
Q. Can you tell me how frequently my pet should be seen for a dental cleaning?
A. The usual standard is 1-2 times per year. All pets have a different genetic make up and different oral issues so without first seeing your pet and knowing your pet’s medical history and existing oral health, it is difficult to know for sure what would be the best frequency. We also would need to do an initial cleaning to establish a point of reference for future cleanings.
Q. How do you do it?
Q. Is there any recovery time?
A. Only if your pet is sedated will there be some recovery time. The on-site DVM usually suggests letting your pet sleep off the sedative which may take 1-2 hours or more for larger or heavier pets. Do not try to walk them or allow them near any other animals until they are fully recovered. Recovery time may vary from pet to pet.
Q. How good of a cleaning is it?
A. The dental cleaning we provide is very thorough, in fact identical to any dental cleaning service provided under anesthesia. We clean all surfaces/aspects of each tooth, above and below the gum-line. All teeth are machine polished to smooth out the surface of the enamel.
Q. Do you provide X-Rays?
A. We do not because we believe that most of the pathology is visible, however, from time to time we do refer our pets for X-Rays and emergency dental services with their regular DVM if our DVM finds something of concern that is beyond what we can manage.
Q. So why do Animal Hospitals charge so much for a cleaning?
A. We can not answer for why animal hospitals charge so much but we can only assume that their overhead is astronomical. Often they will charge for the following: Office visit/exam, X-Rays, Anesthesia, Intubation, I.V., Pain Medication, Extractions, The cleaning, Antibiotics and on and on depending on the nature of the service.
Q. Does my pet need antibiotics before/after treatment?
A. At SCPD we believe that the use and over use of antibiotics is harmful to your pet. That being said, we do not usually recommend the use of antibiotics unless there is severe infection and that is a call that the on-site DVM will make and prescribe accordingly.
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