You may have already seen this news from ODA, but in case you missed it, we wanted to share this important update below. In addition, it is recommended to have your horse up to date on Flu and Rhino Vaccine as this may help with immunity though will not prevent the neurologic form of Herpes.
A horse from Deschutes County tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) on May 4, 2022. Confirmation came from an out-of-state laboratory. The horse had recently attended the Oregon Horse Center at the Prairie Arena in Eugene from April 22-25. The horse has not attended any other events since that time. EHV-1 can cause upper respiratory disease, neurological disease, abortions, and/or neonatal death. This horse showed neurological symptoms but did not show signs of nasal discharge or an elevated temperature. Unfortunately, due to delayed reporting, this case was only recently shared with the department.
A second horse from Deschutes County became symptomatic on May 13. The infected horse attended a show on May 6-7, also at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene. Confirmation of EHV-1 came from the Oregon State University Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on May 16. Both horses were humanely euthanized and both ranches are currently under quarantine. The required quarantine will last a minimum of 28 days.
The EHV-1 virus is highly contagious and is spread via aerosolized secretions from infected coughing horses, by direct and indirect contact with nasal secretions, and fetal fluids. EHV-1 typically has an incubation period of 2-10 days. Respiratory shedding of the virus generally occurs for 7-10 days but may persist longer in infected horses. Following basic biosecurity practices is an important factor in reducing risk of exposure to all contagious equine diseases.
Basic biosecurity measures to follow to decrease potential disease spread at equine events include:
uPDATED CLINIC OPERATIONS
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Good Day Redmond Veterinary Clinic People and Pets!
Hey did you know that we are here for you and your pet. As you know, the situation surrounding COVID-19 is very fluid. It seems that everyday there are new regulations imposed to keep our community safe. Our commitment to you is as always, to Experience relationships (even if it is through the telephone or conversations 6 feet away), Impart Knowledge and Provide you and your pet with Uncompromised Care. In order to maintain the health of our clients and staff we have implemented the following in regards to office visits.
When you arrive at the Clinic for any reason, please remain in your vehicle and contact the clinic at 541 548 1048 and a staff member will provide you with further instructions. If you are unable to contact us by phone when you arrive, please let the receptionist know when you make your appointment and we can assist you with other options.
If you are here with a pet that is experiencing a problem, a staff member will come out and retrieve your pet. The doctor will complete a physical examination and then consult with you by phone regarding the recommended plan.
If you are coming in with a patient for a wellness exam and vaccinations, a staff member will come out and retrieve your pet and the doctor will complete the examination and vaccines and return your pet to you in the vehicle.
You may also opt to admit your pet to us at NO CHARGE and return later in the day for your pets Discharge. The doctor will contact you after the examination is completed.
If you need to pick up medication or food we would ask that you call ahead so that we may have the item ready when you arrive. Again we would ask that you call the Clinic when you arrive and a staff member will bring your items to you.
Finally, we are offering Telemedicine for those circumstances that prevent you from bringing your pet in. Simply contact our office and a staff member will set a time up for the doctor to contact you. The cost is $66 and if the doctor cannot make a therapeutic plan the $66 will be applied to the office visit.
For the immediate future, we will be closed on Saturdays.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this time as we are deeply devoted to not only the health of your pet, but also to you and our staff.
Blessing to each of you
Dr. Shawn Clark
cOVID-19 FIRST TAKE
The Doctors and Staff of Redmond Veterinary Clinic are committed to the health and safety of our patients, our clients and our staff. We will continue to Provide Uncompromised Care for you and your pets as we walk through this together.
We will continue to offer regular office hours for your pet's care pending further government response. In order to maintain social distancing we would kindly ask if we could perform the examination and procedures in our prep room while you and your family wait in the exam room or reception area.
In order to assist in the unfortunate event that you or a family member requires quarantine, we are offering Telemedicine Consultations in strict adherence to Oregon Guidelines as outlined below. Please contact us at (541) 548-1048 and a receptionist will be happy to assist you in scheduling a Telemedicine Consultation. If you have access to a smart phone with video conferencing (Skype, Facetime, What's App), please let us know as this may assist in the Consultation. Telemedicine Consultations cost $66. If the doctor determines, that in order to make a diagnosis and create a treatment plan, that a physical examination needs to be performed, then the fee will be applied toward the normal examination fee of $82.50.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no animals in the United States have been identified with the virus, and there is no evidence that dogs or other pets can contract or spread COVID-19.
Should I be concerned about pets or other animals and COVID-19?
There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it?s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.
Should I avoid contact with animals if I am sick with COVID-19?
You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.
What is the best way to protect myself and my family (human and pet) from the COVID-19 coronavirus?
Practical measures to protect yourself and your family from this or any other contagious respiratory illness include:
Veterinary Telemedicine (VTM)
VTM may be used when:
Dr. Shawn Clark