Holistic Housecall Veterinary Service Lisa Hoberg DVM, CVA
Three months ago we started to receive the “shelter in place” guidelines to keep us all safe from COVID 19. I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are healthy and finding ways to adapt to our new reality of living through a global pandemic..
Most veterinarians were relieved that Governor Brown's executive order allows vet hospitals to stay open, although the human family is mostly required to stay out of the actual clinic. My house-call practice is an interesting gray area - I'm coming to YOUR cozy environments which poses some risk to both parties. I will continue to take virus transmission precautions seriously by:
changing clothing between appointments
disinfecting like crazy
attempting to touch nothing but your pet
talking and examining outdoors whenever possible
staying 6 feet away from all humans
Wearing mask and gloves and dedicated shoes (meaning they only go between my car and your house and I slip them off on site)
I must reduce my exposure by limiting the appointments where I come to visit. To me that means:
quick exams, possibly outside, consult before or after by telephone
Limited routine wellness or general exams, in-person diet consultations, etc.
sick pets or the medically fragile/elderly
Acupuncture evaluation and treatment outdoors, on porch or garage if possible
I can help you decide if there's a question, but in general, no appointments right now that could wait or be done remotely by phone or video appointment.
If possible exams will be held outside in a yard, on a porch or covered area. Weather permitting of course!
I am open to having video or telephone appointments for general consultations or specific problems. If we need to follow-up with an in-person “drive-by” very quick exam then we can arrange that as part of the “appointment”.
It's not easy, and I don’t like stepping out of my “folksy” in-home style but I have a responsibility to uphold and am asking you to accept these boundaries.
Finally, my last request: If we do schedule a home or even an outdoor visit, please notify me BEFORE I ARRIVE if any member of the human family is showing cold or flu-like symptoms, OR is self-quarantining due to possible coronavirus exposure. I will make an attempt to text or email you the day before your appointment to confirm all is well.