Animal lovers will be relieved to hear that veterinary surgeons can continue to offer some services during the coronavirus pandemic, but there will be big changes.
Vets have been told to reduce face-to-face contact immediately and to only provide care in person in emergency cases.
So anticipate speaking to a member of staff over the phone, who will decide whether or not your pet needs to be seen.
The British Veterinary Association has advised that only emergency care staff should travel to and from work and that phone calls and triaging of cases should be done from home.
Vets have also been told that they should fulfil urgent prescriptions and make sure that customers can continue to buy animal food.
Even during emergency treatment vets must practise social distance with other members of their team and with pet owners.
If pets need treatment their owners are advised to check their veterinary surgery’s website before ringing and not to turn up in person unless a member of surgery staff tells them to.
The PDSA Pet Hospital in Club Street, Boothen is currently offering urgent, life-saving treatment only. It can be contacted on 01782 413415.