Mobile pregnancy scanning and COVID-19 – advice for clients
The Animal Ultrasound Association has been inundated with calls and emails from pet owners looking for a pregnancy scan for their dog or cat. We are not aware of any AUA accredited scanners who are continuing to offer a scanning service at the present time. This is not an easy decision for anyone, but it is the most responsible one, and it’s taken for the protection of you, your pet, and our local communities.
It is especially difficult to prevent an animal – particularly a friendly dog – from coming into physical contact with the person performing the scan. If that person is not covered head to toe (including shoe coverings) in disposable PPE, transmission is possible. Animals can carry the virus on their fur, which you will then touch. Pets may also be able to contract COVID-19 themselves – there is increasing evidence that this is the case – and a pregnant bitch or queen will be immunocompromised and hence more likely to do so.
It is important to remember that if someone is willing to scan your pet during this time, they’re highly likely to have visited many other homes before yours – and will travel on to many more afterwards.
But I am worried about my pet
We know this is a stressful time, and you may be concerned about your pet. You may feel that having a definite yes/no on pregnancy will put your mind at rest, or you may be worried about a singleton. Nearly all of our scanning professionals are still on hand to answer your questions and support you as best they can during this time, and can offer guidance on what to look out for during birth, signs of distress, and when to call the vet. Most AUA accredited scanners are very experienced breeders themselves – you are not alone. It is still worth reaching out to them.
If you have any concerns about the health of your animal during pregnancy, you need to call your vet immediately. Your veterinarian will still see your pet in an emergency.
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