Staying safe with Covid-19

I want to start by saying that I hope this blog finds everyone in good health and spirits; these are certainly unprecedented days we’re living in! This is a bit of a higgledy-piggledy blog, more of a ‘touch base/ train-of-thought’ type of musing than usual, but hopefully still funny; as far as I’m aware, I’m still human Karl, not Zombie Coronavirus’d Karl! It might be shorter than usual too, I’m typing this as I’m having a slurp of tea and a sneaky protein bar!

As of 12:31 23rd March, we are open for business as usual at Saint Leonard. Our Allestree branch will more than likely be closed from tomorrow so we will continue to see our Allestree clients at Osmaston Road. We are currently unsure of our status as vets. Depending upon direction from the government, we are hoping we will be able to remain open. Please monitor our social media feeds for updates.

At Saint Leonard Veterinary Centre the health and well-being of your beloved fur-babies is our number one priority, but that doesn’t mean we don’t care about ‘their hoomans’ any less. As such we are trying to lessen the amount of folks we have in the surgeries to keep everyone at the recommended 2 metre space from each other, so where possible please ring the surgery for the latest advice. Emergency situations are clearly different, but we are asking that for routine medications (Flea and worm treatments for example) to ring up and order them and collect from reception, rather than coming in for an appointment. Medication can also be posted to you. We do understand that it’s a very difficult time mentally for everyone and it’s Murphy’s Law that at such times there’s questions that you think of (or wished you’d asked!) that suddenly need answering urgently. I have always said this in my blogs, but you can always ring up for advice and support – one of the SLVC team will be happy to help, and if we’re busy when you call then one of the reception team will get us to call you back as soon as possible 🙂

Right, let’s get on to another situation that this Coronavirus has thrown up; namely, schools closing. A lot of you may well have young kiddies that suddenly need entertaining and on days where the weather is nice it makes sense to get them outdoors – possibly for a walk with Fido. The problem is that everyone else has pretty much got the same idea and so a lot of the country parks have had to shut for safety reasons. Young children don’t understand the concept of distance and so it can be hard to keep them away from their peers if you meet any other folks whilst you’re out and about.

It isn’t just the wee ones that find it hard; I find it odd to observe the 2-metre rule myself too, I’m used to being up close when I chat to people as I’m out walking the pooches. British culture is such that we stand close to natter, touch each other on the arm if we laugh at a joke and tap on the arm, kiss on cheeks or hug to say goodbye. This is a steep learning curve for us all.

On the other side of the coin, whilst we’re out and about with more children around it is more important than ever to ensure that our dogs’ mess is scooped up in a bag and popped in the nearest bin. Hopefully all of you are responsible dog owners that carry around a supply of poop bags in your pockets anyway, so I’m sure I’m preaching to the already converted, so to speak! Try not to touch the receptacle that the poop bag goes in if you possibly can, but if it’s a type that needs pushing open, use a tissue or coat sleeve rather than your hand directly. Sanitise your hands immediately with anti-bacterial gel if you have some or wash your hands as soon as you get home. If you are lucky enough to have a large garden then playing fetch with a ball is a great way to let pooch burn off some excess energy whilst keeping you within the safety of your own home.

Talking of hygiene, I know that you’ll all be washing your hands after you’ve stroked your beloved pets, but how many of us clean their collars, leashes or harnesses regularly? I’m as guilty as the next person for not being 100% religious about this – but you can bet your bum that I am now!! So for

metal clips and synthetic leashes and harnesses etc use hot soapy water or an anti-bac wipe and for leather equipment use a damp, soapy cloth or specialist leather cleaning products if you have them.

Right, I think that’s it for now. Told you it was a bit of a strange blog, but hopefully we can all keep healthy – and preserve our sanity at the same time! It seems a bit odd to be signing off in my usual fashion, the words ring truer than ever right now:

Until next time; stay safe, stay well, and be happy 🙂