Local vet says pets do not need shots during quarantine

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – If your pet is due for shots during the outbreak, a local vet says it’s okay to wait.

Dr. Matt Faulkner with Fayette Veterinary Hospital says that although puppies need their shots as soon as possible, older dogs that are due for a rabies shot can likely wait out the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your animal does need medical attention, the Fayette Veterinary Hospital does plan to stay open during the Stay At Home Order.

”We are going to curbside service, which is basically the lobby is closed but we’re still going to take care of you,” said Faulkner. “Unless we hear otherwise, we are deemed essential and we are planning on being open. But again, people should contact their individual veterinarian.”

Faulkner adds that there is no evidence that pets can carry or catch the coronavirus.

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