March 17, 2020
At Salmon Falls Animal Hospital we are concerned about the health and safety of our clients as well as our staff. During this time, it is essential that each of us practice simple, preventative measures as recommended by public health authorities.
We have advised our employees of personal hygiene and social distancing techniques and have provisioned our workspaces with sanitary supplies to inhibit the spread of the virus at work and in the community.
Human health and safety are our number one priority. To that, we have instituted policies that protect our staff, our clients, and our patients. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in safeguarding the health of our community.
At this time, until at least the end of March:
- Traffic flow through the clinic will be restricted to staff only unless through extreme exceptions or a dire emergency.
- Appointments will be seen on a drop off basis. When you arrive, you should call the clinic 207-384-2123 to notify our staff of your arrival. A staff member will go to your car and retrieve your pet, as well as take a thorough history. You may leave and return later or wait outside the building if you prefer.
- We ask that if you have an appointment, and are ill, please contact us so we can reschedule or take appropriate measures such as to request that you have a neighbor or friend bring your pet.
- No further elective (non-urgent) surgical procedures will be scheduled during this time period in order to preserve our consumables that are already on severe shortages. These items must be reserved and available for emergent cases. This is the recommendation of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
With the rapid developments related to this virus and the concerns people everywhere share over its spread, it is important that we all work together to prevent and eradicate it as quickly as possible. We want you to know that we truly recognize that your pet is a part of your family and that we care about the well-being of your pet as well as your own health and safety above all else.
We will continue to monitor the circumstances and changing developments daily and provide any necessary updated information regarding our policies. All information will also be updated both on this website as well as our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
We thank you again for your understanding and cooperation at this most difficult time. Together we are stronger and working together we will save lives.
Coronavirus and Your Pet
By Renee Schmid, DVM, DABT Senior Consulting Veterinarian, Clinical Toxicology
Source: PET POISON HELPLINE map to®
Coronavirus is a type of virus consisting of numerous strains that have been seen in animals including dogs, cats, cattle and chickens. These strains can cause gastrointestinal or respiratory illness, including Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) in cats. Vaccinations have been used to prevent the common companion animal strains for decades.
Coronaviruses have zoonotic potential, meaning they can spread from animals to humans, but are not commonly spread from human to human. However, with the new 2019-nCoV virus, the original source is still unknown and the ability for this virus to spread from humans to animals has not yet been shown; information regarding this outbreak is continuing to evolve. According to the CDC, at this point, there is no evidence to suggest animals or animal products pose a risk for spreading or contracting this infection, including those from China. While this virus seems to have originated from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person but at this time, there is no indication that animals or pets in the United States would be a concern as a source of infection with this new coronavirus.
If you or someone you know is ill and are concerned that it may be due to 2019-nCoV, the CDC recommends that you do not handle pets or other animals while sick. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with 2019-nCoV, several types of coronaviruses can cause illness in animals and spread between animals and people. Until more information becomes available, the CDC recommends avoiding contact with animals if you are potentially ill with 2019 n-CoV and wearing a facemask if you must be around animals or care for a pet.
For the most up to date information regarding coronavirus, please visit these sites as new information is frequently released:
or the World Health Organization’s website:
Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 for pet owners and veterinary professionals. Additional information can be found online at www.petpoisonhelpline.com
Welcome to Salmon Falls Animal Hospital. Your Veterinarian in the South Berwick, Maine and surrounding area.
Call us at 207-384-2123
Caring for your cats and dogs.
For after-hours emergencies please call the
Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Center at 603-431-3600
Our successful practice of veterinary medicine revolves around a team of highly-skilled, motivated, knowledgeable and caring professionals. Our doctors and support staff work together to provide you and your pets the best care and support possible. We hope you feel most welcome here and take advantage of our knowledgeable and dedicated staff.
Your Health-Care Team and Surgical Team at SFAH is comprised of experienced, doctors, veterinary technicians and client care representatives who are dedicated to providing the best care available to your pet. Our culture is one of excellence in cutting edge medicine coupled with a tender touch, and our goal is to cater to the specific needs of each client and pet. Our doctors also use integrative approaches to medical therapy and preventive care when possible.
We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Browse to our “For Our Clients & Patients” page for great pet care information. If you have a question for us please don’t hesitate to call 207-384-2123 or email us and we’ll promptly get back to you. Our South Berwick office is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our “Location & Directions” page.
Need a Specialist? Just like people, pets often need advanced, specialized care. We have a network of Specialists that can help. Please ask your Salmon Falls Vet for a referral, or visit our Specialist network here: http://www.nhveterinaryspecialists.com/
At Salmon Falls Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.