Welcome to All Creatures Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Granbury TX
Call us at 817-326-6262
We understand the concern and uncertainty that our community is experiencing surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to the well-being of our patients, clients, and employees.
At this time, All Creatures Animal Hospital is fully operational. We are keeping regular business hours.
As the situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are closely monitoring the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and local authorities regarding the spread of the virus to ensure that the actions that we are taking are comprehensive and appropriate.
The following are precautions we are taking at this time:
1. Each exam room must be cleaned after each client’s appointment (door handles, benches, cabinets, tables, etc…, literature is to be removed from rooms at this time).
2. Front/Reception Area - periodic wipe down of front desk, credit card machines, benches, door handles, client bathroom, Keurig, etc).
3. Clean workstations, keyboards, mouse, counter tops, and stethoscopes several times during shifts.
4. Wash hands immediately after cleaning contact surfaces.
5. Recommend wearing gloves if handling money.
6. Strict hand washing for 20 seconds after each patient and client interaction. At this time, we do not have any evidence that animals can get or give COVID-19; however they are considered a source for evaluation as a reservoir from contaminated environments.
7. If a client comes in I’ll, it is appropriate to use judgement on placing them immediately in an exam room or have them wait in the car until exam time (as the local human hospitals are doing).
8.We are a hospital, and as such we have always and continue to be expected to uphold a high standard of cleanliness to protect ourselves and our clients and patients. We are diligent about sanitizing all areas often.
9. If any team member has symptoms of acute resp illness with fever - they must inform management immediately. They should not report to the Animal Hospital for their scheduled shift. Management strongly recommends any sick staff seek medical diagnostics and treatment from their physician.
COVID-19 Update - 06-17-2020
All Creatures Animal Hospital is still operating under our regular office hours. We are taking every precaution to keep our clients and staff safe. We continue to offer our popular curbside service. Several clients have enjoyed staying in their vehicles while picking up medication, dropping off their pet for an exam while they run errands, or waiting in their vehicle while the patients have exams and treatments in the office.
We continue to monitor the ever-changing recommendations and laws concerning COVID-19. As Community mitigation strategies have been eased to allow resumption of activities and there have been more mass events/gatherings in the state, thus leading to more opportunities for transmission. This has become evident with the reported daily rise of COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations over the last two weeks. In fact, last week’s numbers for positive cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 broke the record each day! Increased testing, including for those without symptoms, expanded contact tracing, and adherence to control measures like self-isolation and quarantine, are important to control viral transmission across the state.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday, 6/16/20, urged people to stay home as the state registered the highest number of new hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, marking the fifth consecutive day of rising hospitalizations. Abbott reported that 2,622 people tested positive on Tuesday for the coronavirus, a new daily record for the Lone Star State. The prior record had been set on June 10, when 2,504 tested positive. The state’s Health and Human Services Department also reported that 2,518 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients are currently in Texas hospitals, up from 2,326 on Monday. Hospitalizations have been on a steady upward trend since May 25, when about 1,500 were hospitalized.
Local officials in Travis County, which includes the state capital of Austin, have extended stay-at-home orders in recent days in response to the rising number of COVID-19 hospitalizations (the order which was set to expire on June 15, has been extended to Aug. 15). Other Texas counties, such as Harris county have also been in the news recently, stating that they are considering re-instituting the “Stay Home, Work Safe” order. There are an estimated 36,000 active coronavirus cases in Texas as of 6/16/20. Nearly 2,000 Texans have died from the coronavirus.
Per the CDC current guidelines for self-quarantine post exposure, several businesses across the country, including Texas businesses, have reopened only to announce last week, they were temporarily closing after employees tested positive for COVID-19 after exposure to positive patrons.
As excited as All Creatures Animal Hospital is at the thought of reopening our lobby to general traffic, we do not wish to risk the health of patients, staff, and clients. We also do not want to find ourselves forced to shut down as we self-quarantine due to exposure to a COVID-19 positive person.
We will continue to closely monitor the trend of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Our priority is to continue to provide the exceptional service you have come to expect from us while doing the best we can to mitigate risk to our patients, staff, clients, and community.
The AVMA has a detailed and regularly updated information page on COVID-19 as it relates to pets. VetCompanion, one of our trusted resources for information, has provided us with some general guidance. Be sure to check the AVMA site for breaking news on this rapidly developing global health crisis. Some key takeaway messages (as of March 15, 2020) include: - Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. - If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding, and playing. You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions (e.g., wash hands before and after interacting with your pet; ensure your pet is kept well-groomed; regularly clean your pet’s food and water bowls, bedding material, and toys). - Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. Have another member of your household take care of walking, feeding, and playing with your pet. If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet, then wear a facemask; don’t share food, kiss, or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with them. - As always, careful handwashing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians’ (NASPHV) compendium of standard precautions is a good reference for appropriate infection control in veterinary practices.
Also, below are a few links that could be useful to keep up to date as the COVID-19 pandemic continues:
· US DHHS CDC Global COVID-19 Map
US DHHS CDC US Outbreak Statistics
COVID-19 Outbreak Tracker. Johns Hopkins
COVID-19 Outbreak Tracker. Kaiser Family Foundation
US Dpt of State Travel Advisories
DEFINITIONS, BACKGROUND, PLANS
US DHHS Public Health Emergency Declaration
Flu Types, definitions, and naming conventions. US DHHS CDC
Definitions and Risk Assessments, US DHHS CDC (Interim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Exposure in Travel-associated or Community Settings)
National Pandemic Strategy Page, US DHHS CDC
Pandemic Intervals Framework, US DHHS CDC
Pandemic Phases, World Health Organization (2009 H1N1)
World Health Organization (WHO)
EU European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. COVID-19 site
UK Government COVID-19 Publications
Canada Government COVID-19 Info Page
Mexico Government Dpt of Health COVID-19 Page
Australian Government. Dpt of Health COVID-19 Resource page
US GOVERNMENT SITES
US DHHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) COVID-19 page (PHE.GOV)
US DHHS ASPR TRACIE.
US DHHS National Institutes of Health (NIH)
US DHHS NIH National Library of Medicine (NLM)
US DHHS CDC
US DHHS CDC Travel Health Notices
US DHHS CDC Weekly COVID-19 newsletter updates
US DHHS CDC NIOSH
US DHHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
US DHHS Food and Drug Administration.
COVID-19 Emergency Use Authorizations (FDA)
US Dpt of Labor OSHA
US Dpt of State. Overseas Security Advisory Council.
US Dpt of Transportation FAA. Interim Aircrew Guidance for COVID-19
USA GOV International Traveler Issues for Americans
US National Governors Association. COVID-19 Site
PROFESSIONAL, ORGANIZATIONAL, PRIVATE AND ACADEMIC SITES
American College of Emergency Physicians. COVID-19 Resource page
American College Health Association
Health Industry Distributors Association
International Air Transport Association. Air Transport and Communicable Diseases Page
National Ebola Training and Education Center. (Search under COVID-19 Resources)
Network for Public Health Law. Coronavirus Primer. Authorities, etc...
University of Minnesota. Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. COVID-19 page.
Massachusetts General Hospital. 2019 Novel Coronavirus Toolkit