The health of our clients, their animals, and our team remains the MSU Veterinary Medical Center's top priority. At this time, the VMC remains open to all emergency patients. 24/7/365, we are here for you and your animals.
Because of the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our state, coupled with the K-12 school closings, the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine has made the decision to close the Veterinary Medical Center to all non-emergency appointments until further notice. This change is effective as of Sunday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m.
The VMC will manage client communications in consultation with the Hospital services. Each service will review appointment lists to determine which cases are emergent. All existing deemed non-emergent appointments after Sunday, March 15 will be postponed and rescheduled when we are able to resume full operation.MSU is closely monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no evidence to suggest that companion animals can spread COVID-19 and has received no reports of pets becoming sick with the virus. The virus originated from an animal source but is now being spread person-to-person. That said, if you are sick with COVID-19, it is advised to restrict contact with pets and other animals. If you must care for a pet while sick, wash your hands before and after, and wear a facemask.
The CDC also says that it has no evidence of imported animals or animal products pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19. Any imported pets or other animals must undergo typical CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements and before entering the country.
The VMC is taking all necessary precautions to keep every human and animal in our community safe during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (517) 353-5420.
Here's what we know:
As of Wednesday, March 18 2020
- There are 7 different types of coronaviruses. The CDC doesn’t believe this strain, COVID-19, can be transmitted to domestic animals.
- The virus originated from an animal source but is now being spread person-to-person.
- There are many common diseases that cause respiratory signs in dogs.
- At present, infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations (CDC, OIE, WHO) agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.
- Understanding about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and its impact on humans and animals, will continue to evolve. If circumstances change and new information becomes available, it will be shared with the public immediately.
- Since animals can sometimes spread other diseases to people (zoonotic diseases), it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.
How to keep pets safe:
- When handling and caring for animals, basic hygienic precautions should always be implemented. This includes hand washing before and after being around or handling animals, their food, or supplies, as well as avoiding kissing, licking, or sharing food.
- Include your pets in your family’s emergency preparedness planning.
- Make sure you have a two-week supply of food and medication on hand for your pets.
- It is recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 limit contact with companion and other animals until more information is known about the virus.
- If you are still concerned or notice a change in your pet, speak to a veterinarian.
- If you think your pet is sick, or if your pet becomes injured, call the veterinarian before you bring your pet in. Several veterinary practices have implemented increased safety precautions. For the safety of you and your pet, it's best you're aware of these procedures before you come in.
- And the most important protection of all: under no circumstances should you abandon your dogs, cats, or other pets because of COVID-19 fears.