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Tampa Veterinary Hospital takes precautions to minimize COVID-19 risks

Posted at 12:01 AM, Mar 13, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Veterinary Hospital is taking precautions to minimize COVID-19 risks.

The animal hospital on West Kennedy Blvd. encourages guests to stay at home if they are not feeling well.

Pet owners may still get help for their pet using the AirVet app. It is a way to have a consultation while remaining at home.

Dr. Melissa Webster showed ABC Action News how the app works.

By phone, she is able to check on a French Bulldog who had a skin infection.

"With the coronavirus going on, it is another way to do telemedicine so the person at home that's concerned about their pet can get care for their pet, but they're not having to leave the house," said Dr. Melissa Webster.

Dr. Webster said the app may be used within reason.

"If it's a new guest or a new client, they physically need to come in so we can meet them and examine their pet and establish that relationship," said Dr. Webster.

Tampa Veterinary Hospital keeps guests informed about coronavirus on its website.

The website said, "We are using disinfectant in our public areas multiple times per day with a disinfectant that kills a wide spectrum of viruses and bacteria including coronavirus."

It also stated, "As for your pet, there is no evidence that your pet can spread the COVID-19 virus nor can they suffer ill-effects from it."

"I think the bottom line is your pet is not going to get sick if you have COVID-19," said Dr. Webster.

"The internet has been straight up frightening and filled with misinformation. Speak to your veterinarian to get correct information," she added.

To read Dr. Webster's blog on pets and Coronavirus visit: https://www.tampavet.com/DrWebsters-Blog/coronavirus/