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COVID-19 Hospital Protocols

Updated March 27th, 2020

COVID 19 visits that should receive veterinary consultation and/or care during the stay at home order.

  1. Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop within 5 minutes
  2. Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
  3. Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
  4. Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
  5. Injuries to the eye
  6. Ingestion of something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
  7. Seizures and/or staggering
  8. Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move
  9. Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
  10. Heat stress or heatstroke
  11. Vomiting or diarrhea – more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here
  12. Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
  13. Unconsciousness
  14. Abscess or suspected abscess
  15. Rapid weight loss
  16. Rabies Vaccine that is past due or coming due with-in 30 days
  17. Pediatric vaccines
  18. Emergent surgeries – tooth abscess, removal of a cancer lesion, or suspected cancer, lacerations
  19. Ongoing treatment for Cancer, Seizures, Diabetes, Renal disease, Heart disease, Otitis, Atopy
  20. Euthanasia

COVID 19 visits that should NOT receive immediate in clinic veterinary, or should use TELEHEALTH consultation during the stay at home order

  1. Anal Gland expression, Nail Trims
  2. Vaccines due more than 30 days out
  3. Elective surgery (Spay, Neuter, Declaw, Dental cleaning, cruciate ligament repair, medial patella luxation repair)
  4. Suspected weight loss, increased thirst, increased urination
  5. Follow up visits for skin, ears, eyes, new itching and scratching
  6. Ectoparasites (Fleas, Ticks, suspect mange)
  7. Behavioral issues

With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the incredible speed at which things are changing around us, we are continually adapting our operations and business. I personally want to ensure that every member of our Meridian family is informed on an ongoing basis, including you.

As an animal hospital, we have faced many challenges and each has made us better prepared for a situation like this. Caring for your beloved pet continues to be our top priority, and our caring staff are working tirelessly, taking every precaution to make sure that when it comes to the health of your pet, Meridian is here for you. 

We are working around the clock to: 

  • Protect you and your loved ones when you visit our clinic.Our team is building on an ever-present focus on cleanliness and continually assessing ways to enhance your safety while visiting our clinic. This includes disinfecting check-in counters regularly, more frequently cleaning and disinfecting entrance and exit areas, and doubling down on our regular exam and lobby area cleaning. We also have an excellent air exchange unit that regularly adds and circulates fresh air to our clinic. We are also working on minimizing wait times in lobby areas.
  • Make it easier to adjust appointment times. Please call us at 317-888-4405 if you need to reschedule an appointment.
  • Ordering through our on-line pharmacy. Vetsource will deliver your pets medications directly to your home. If you need help setting up Vetsource, please give us a call.
  • Specialized/Prescription Foods: Worried about getting your pets’ food? Vetsource will also deliver food to your home.
  • Curbside delivery of medicines and food: Not sure about coming into the building? Call ahead for the payment of your medicine and/or food, then when you get here, give us a call and we will run it out to you.

We continue to monitor the situation daily and we are fully committed to working with you to maintain your pet’s health. Please feel free to call our office with any questions.

Again, we are fully committed to your pet’s health. We appreciate your loyalty and understanding.

Meridian Veterinary Clinic & Hospital