Handling the COVID Crisis: Saluting the spirit of Corona Warriors

 

-By Dr Freya Javeri

Corona crisis has gotten life to a standstill. But essential services with the support of frontline workers and corona warriors have been going on non-stop. Dr Freya Javeri shares how veterinary services are also a part of essential services and during this crisis vets around the country are ensuring that your beloved pets are safe and healthy.

 
Under the current COVID times how are you managing at your clinic?

Keeping the current situation in mind, we are currently attending to only urgent cases and that too strictly by appointment only.

 
What are the main concerns of pet parents?

The most common concern was regarding COVID in pets. Many pet parents were also concerned about getting proper veterinary care and pet supplies during Covid-19 period. We are happy that we’ve catered to most pet-parents queries and resolved them to the best of our abilities.

What are the common problems with pets you have noticed in the last three months?

The problems are usually the same that happen every year around this time. But this year we’re only attending cases that require urgent care like – emergency surgeries, vomiting, diarrhoea, skin infections, and emergency dental care.

What sets your clinic apart?

I think what differentiates our clinic is our on-house diagnostics facility. With this we’re able to cater to the needs of patients under one roof and pet parents don’t need to go to a different place for diagnostics and tests.

What are challenges you face in the current situation?

Some of our clients are finding it difficult to reach the clinic because of current Covid crisis. At the clinic we are working with minimal staff to ensure not to expose our employees as far as possible.
 
Your advice to the pet parents and industry to deal with this difficult time?

The need of the hour is to stay calm and stay safe at home. Do not venture out unless it is of utmost importance. Spend time at home with your family and pets.

What are the rules which a pet parent should follow at home to keep the pet happy and healthy?

Try and maintain a routine for yourself and your pets. Exercising your pets outdoors may become difficult, so try and keep them engaged indoors using toys. Interaction at specific times in the day can be a part of the modified routine. And remember that your pets also need their time and space, so don’t smother them throughout the day. Let them play or rest alone while you do your work. It is a difficult time but when you take one day at a time, this too shall pass and things will get back to normal. Count your blessings and be grateful to be safe at home with your loved ones.

(Dr Freya Javeri is a Practicing Veterinarian, Dog Show Judge and Animal Behaviourist and a council member of the Indian National Kennel Club and Co-founder of Wagging Tails Dog Training Academy, Ahmedabad)

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