A Message from Goldorado Animal Hospital on COVID-19 and Pets

Dear Pet Parents, 

As COVID-19, or the CoronaVirus as it is more commonly known, continues to impact our community there has been considerable worry on how the virus is impacting both pets and local businesses.

Two common questions we have fielded these past few weeks are, Can my pet contract CoronaVirus and Are you open?

Yes, Goldorado Animal Hospital is Open!

As an essential service, Goldorado Animal Hospital is open during this time. For the safety of our staff and our patients we have adjusted our operations during this time in an effort to practice social distancing, while still providing essential care for your pet, should they need it. 

Until further notice, we are restricting access to our lobby and adjusting our check-in procedures to reflect safe curbside check-in protocols until the threat has subsided. We ask that all clients please follow the following steps for the safety of all involved.

  • If you are healthy and have an appointment, upon arrival at the clinic, please remain in your vehicle or outside the clinic and call us. 
  • After receipt of the call, we will check your pet in as soon as possible from outside the clinic.
  • Please remain in your vehicle during the entire time your pet is receiving care at our facility.
  • If you need to pick up food or medication for your pet, remain in your vehicle and call us and we will take it from there.
  • If your pet is having a medical emergency and you are feeling ill, please arrange for a trusted and healthy friend to transport your pet to our facility. If this is not possible, please call us ahead of arrival for further instruction. 

Please rest assured that Goldorado Animal Hospital is taking every precaution to protect you, your pet, and our staff during this time and we respectfully ask that you do the same. After all, we are all in this together!

Can Pets Get CoronaVirus?

As you likely know, our collective understanding of COVID-19 is changing daily. What is known today may be disproven tomorrow – unfortunately this is true for pets as well as people. Because of this, we find ourselves in a unique position to definitively answer this question, one way or the other. 

With that in mind, it is now more important than ever before that you rely on credible sources for your information on how the virus may or may not affect pets. It’s important to remember that there are a lot of sensationalist stories making the rounds on social media and the internet at large, and that not everything you read is true. 

We have found that one of the most reliable sources for information on COVID-19 and pets is The University of Illinois’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Their CoronaVirus and Pets: FAQs for Owners page is updated regularly with the most recent developments on how the virus can (and cannot) affect pets. That said, at present, the most important take-away is that:

“At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people.”

Other reputable resources include the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Again, please vet your sources and the information they are providing before rushing to worry or sharing on social media. Disinformation, especially now, can be just as dangerous as the virus itself.

Our staff would like to thank you for your continued cooperation and support during these uncertain times and we hope you and your family are safe, healthy, and washing your hands. 

Drumroll: The Top Blogs of 2019 From Goldorado Animal Hospital 

Many of us view our pets as family and treat them accordingly. And with increased awareness of what it takes to keep a pet healthy and well, we’ve seen our community of responsible pet owners increase every year. 

Regular wellness exams are the cornerstone of pet health, and we are continually impressed by how our pet owners ensure the wellness of their pets. We receive many questions about how best to care for pets, and in response, we publish a pet care blog each month. Our goal is to provide pet health information that is relevant and useful, and maybe even a little bit fun! 

We took the opportunity of the new year to look back at which topics you found most interesting, and have compiled them here. Please enjoy our top blogs of 2019!

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The Best Pet Apps: Make Life Easier and Fun

Got a pet problem? Don’t worry. There’s a pet app for that! Tablets and smartphones app marketplaces like iTunes or Google Play offer apps designed specifically for animal lovers with solutions to important pet issues.

We’ve seen a range of apps from the very functional to the downright silly so we decided to make this list of must-haves. They’re the ones that actually do what they’re designed to do, without making you want to tear your hair out in the process. Best of all, they’ll not only make your life more fun and easier, they’ll improve your relationship with your pets and make you a better advocate for their health and wellness. Read the rest of this entry »

We Love Our Veterinary Technicians!: Celebrating National Vet Tech Week

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It’s National Vet Tech Week, and we would like to take  a moment to celebrate our wonderful veterinary technicians. These are highly trained and dedicated individuals  that are essential to our animal hospital. Dr. Barnes and Dr. Prince will be the first to tell you that our veterinary technicians are the backbone of Goldorado Animal Hospital.

What can Veterinary Technicians do?

Registered technicians earn a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in veterinary technology.  Under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, technicians can monitor and care for patients, obtain specimens, perform laboratory testing, take X-rays, run anesthesia, perform dental cleanings, administer medications, take blood draws and perform tests, give first aid, and much more. Often a veterinary technician will be the one to take an initial patient history and even perform a physical examination.   Read the rest of this entry »

The Standard of Veterinary Excellence

Front DeskMany of you have already come in and seen our new exam rooms, food store, and reception area – thanks to our remodel this summer we have seen a lot of big updates to Goldorado. Additionally, many of the “behind the scenes” treatment, lab, and surgery areas were also refreshed to better serve your furry family members. One thing that hasn’t changed however, we remain an AAHA Accredited Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

Helping MitoKids

We are proud to be partnering again this year with HelpMitoKids.org for their annual fundraising walk. TJuly 2014 21his organization was created by a family who has first hand experience with the impact of Mitochondrial disease to help spread awareness and to support those families who have been burdened by medical hardship.

At least two-thirds of every donation will go toward medical and medical-related travel costs not covered by insurance.  One-third will go toward research for Mitochondrial disease which occurs when the Mitochondria inside of cells fail to carry out their primary functions.

Mitochondria are compartments found in every cell of the human body.  When they fail, cells lose much of their ability to produce energy and sustain growth.  Without properly functioning cells, entire organs can be damaged or shut down completely.

Children are  primarily affected by the disease and their lives can be severely compromised.  Common symptoms include: muscle weakness and pain, gastrointestinal disorders, poor growth, cardiac disease, liver disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, seizures, visual/hearing problems, and susceptibility to infection.

The Spry girls, pictured above and below, have been long time friends and clients of Goldorado Animal Hospital. All three of them are affected with Mitochondrial disease and require frequent care from specialists.

Their family provides around the clock care, including tube feeding, to help these wonderful kids have happy and normal lives. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Mitochondrial disease which is why research and support funds are so desperately needed. Read the rest of this entry »

Dog Day at Cameron Park Lake

 

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Rules were made to be broken, and hundreds of dogs did a fantastic job of that two weeks ago at the annual Pooch Plunge at Cameron Park Lake. The usual “No Dogs” statute was lifted for a day to raise funds for the next local off-leash dog park currently in development in El Dorado Hills. The lagoon at the lake is scheduled for its annual draining and cleaning later this month so the Pooch Plunge was the last public event of the season. The combination of cool water, dogs of all shapes and sizes, and tennis balls was the ideal recipe for both dogs and humans to enjoy a summer weekend!

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Naturally, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a beach day with our patients. We were there with an endless supply of free training treats, water toy giveaways, water bottles to keep human companions cool, and a few raffle prizes. Dr. Prince was on hand with technician Chloe and manager Traci to answer health and training questions, fill any empty tummies, and make sure every participant had a fantastic day. Read the rest of this entry »

Day At The BRAND NEW Dog Park!

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Last week we had the immense pleasure of joining with our friends at the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild (EDDOG) for the grand opening of the first official dog park in El Dorado county! Now, officially
known as the “Hacienda Dog Park”, we all have access to a safe and well maintained space to play with our pets.

Located just half a mile from our office on Cameron Park Drive, you might be able to catch members of our team enjoying the shade with our companions during lunch breaks or on the weekend. We are so excited about the creation of GoldoradoMapthis park because it provides a designated and enclosed space where we can let the furry ones off leash. No more worrying about them chasing that darned squirrel into the road!

The grand opening was attended by hundreds of our local furry friends and their human companions. Several members of our team represented Goldorado including Dr. Prince (with Mrs. Dr. Prince and Jr. Dr. Prince in tow) and our chief of kennel operations, Leah, who made sure every pooch went home with a “doggie” bag full of free treats, chews, and toys: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Neuter a Peep…

Happy Easter everybody! Our technician Julie had a new litter join the family (at least for the weekend anyways…) and brought them in for check-ups. It turns out that Peeps get “twitterpated” just like all our other animals so Dr. Prince recommended “fixing” these little guys so Julie wouldn’t be overrun after the holiday.

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Thankfully our surgery team was up to the task and the patient was prepped for his procedure. Preanesthetic bloodwork, pre-operative pain medication, and sedation are all important steps we take to ensure the safety of every patient before surgery: Read the rest of this entry »