Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital

152 School Street
Forestdale, RI 02824

(401)762-2400

www.nriah.com

Northern Rhode Island Animal Hospital – COVID-19 Update

The health and well-being of your pet, family, and our team members are top priority. As the situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we want to assure you we are open during our regular business hours to see problem and emergency appointments. Routine appointments for non-core vaccinations and elective surgical procedures are not being performed at this time.

We are closely monitoring the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local authorities regarding the spread of the virus to ensure we are taking the appropriate precautions and actions to keep patients, clients, and employees healthy and safe during this time.

During this time, we have transitioned to curbside service. We are taking this precaution to eliminate constant contact of door handles, countertops, pens, and to aid in social distancing. By taking these safety measures, it is our goal to be able to remain open to serve the needs of our community’s pets.

Curbside Service

Appointments, pick-ups, drop-offs, medication and food refills will be handled curbside:

  1. Please bring dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier
  2. Upon your arrival at the clinic, remain in your vehicle and call us to check-in
  3. A team member will discuss all your needs and concerns by phone during check-in
  4. A team member will meet you in the parking lot and individually bring your pet in for evaluation and care
  5. The doctor will call you once they have examined your pet to discuss their findings and a treatment plan

 We are only allowing staff members inside the practice at this time.

Payment

You may pay for services and products over the phone by credit/debit card. For other payment methods, please ask a team member for assistance.

Additional Measures we are Asking Clients to Follow:

  • Please do not come to our clinic if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or have a fever.
  • Please reschedule your pet’s veterinarian appointment if you have been in contact with anyone that has had a fever or possible COVID-19 exposure.

 Pets and the Coronavirus:

It is important to note that there is currently no evidence that pets can become sick with COVID-19. Infectious disease experts, as well as the CDC, World Organization for Animal Health, and World Health Organization indicate there is also no evidence to suggest that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection with SARS-CoV-2, including spreading COVID-19 to people. More investigation is underway and as we learn more, we will update you.

The CDC and The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)also have comprehensive websites with up-to-date information about COVID-19 and your pet(s). Additional information about the Coronavirus and your pets’ health are available at the following online resources:

CDC Frequently Asked Questions

AVMA - COVID-19: FAQs FOR PET OWNERS

AVMA - What veterinarians need to know

 We value your partnership in your pet’s healthcare and appreciate your patience, understanding, and continued support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.