The entire team at San Marco Animal Hospital, wants you to be aware of the steps that we’re taking to ensure your safety in our offices as well. As of right now, we are following AAHA recommended appointments where we’re doing business as usual.

However, we will be doing Car-Side appointments ONLY to limit the number of people inside the hospital. For special circumstances only one person to come inside with the pet.

AAHA Recommended Guidelines COVID-19 FAQ

*Please note due to this emergency situation we have changed our working hours temporarily.

Monday - Saturday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

New Client: 904-516-9767
Existing Client: 904-399-5557
1546 San Marco Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Covid 19

Dear Community,

We would like to inform you that We are still open and will remain open to continue to provide care for pets and we will be following CDC, WHO and AVMA recommendations regarding cleaning, disinfecting and appropriate cautions.

For the safety of our staff, we are will be doing Car-Side appointments only to limit the number of people inside the hospital. We can FaceTime or talk on the speakerphone for others to hear (if needed).

For special circumstances, if someone needs to come inside, we will allow only one person to come inside with the pet (must be 18+ and able to make medical decisions for the pet).

How this works;

When the pet owner calls us to schedule an appointment they will have to inform the front desk whether they want a Car-side appointment or not. If they opt for a Car-side appointment when they pull into the parking lot, they should call the front desk to let them know they have arrived.

A staff member then comes out, takes the pet’s history, and brings the patient inside. We conduct the exam as usual, then our veterinarian call the petowner on their cell phone, talks about the findings, and goes over recommendations. The owner pays over the phone, then we bring their pet back outside for them.

This is a very efficient option to use during this situation as it also prevents and limits human to human contact.

If the COVID-19 situation should worsen, we will consider providing only Car-side Check Ins

AAHA recommends following guidelines set forth by

The CDC: Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

The AVMA: COVID 19 – What veterinarians need to know

Some FAQ on COVID-19 for;

Veterinarians – COVID-19: FAQs for Veterinarians and Veterinary Clinics

Pet Owners – COVID-19: FAQs for Pet Owners


Strangers keep petting my dog when we go for a walk. Could my dog transmit the virus on its fur?

Saskia Popescu, an infection prevention epidemiologist at the health care system HonorHealth, says she’s not especially concerned about dog fur transmitting the virus. “I think that I would probably be more worried if somebody was coughing all over the place and went to touch my dog’s harness or something — something inanimate,” she says. “I would put it in the lower-risk category.”

That’s because like fabric, fur is a porous surface — so it isn’t easy for a person to pick up bits of virus from it. “The chances of you getting it from fur and hair is going to be less than getting it from a solid surface,” says Graham, the virologist. Still, she said, she would err on the side of caution and ask people not to pet your dog right now.

Graham says one way to make sure your dog doesn’t get touched by overenthusiastic petters is to avoid letting your dog off leash in a place where it may encounter other people. Rather than going to a dog park, she says, “it might be a better idea to take your dog out in the yard or somewhere you know that there’s not going to be a lot of people.”

And despite the occasional media report of a dog diagnosed with COVID-19, there is no evidence that pets can contract or spread COVID-19. The CDC says it has not received any reports of pets or animals becoming sick with the disease. The American Veterinary Medical Association concurs: “Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people.”

One note: If you are already sick with COVID-19, the association recommends limiting contact with animals “out of an abundance of caution” until more is known about the virus. If you’re not sick with the coronavirus, the group says you can interact with your pet as you normally would — while practicing good hygiene, including washing your hands before and after interacting with your pet.”

The source of the article is: Coronavirus FAQs: Does It Live On Clothes? Can My Dog Infect Me? Any Advice On Wipes?

Meet San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta
San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta moved to the US almost two decades ago to further his passion for veterinary science. Having earned a Master’s degree in Animal Science in Georgia and completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, he completed clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gutta then received his license to practice in Florida. For over a decade, he served as an associate veterinarian at the Banfield Pet Hospital where he benefitted from a great amount of exposure and experience especially in high-quality veterinary medicine and surgeries for soft tissue injuries. To date, Dr. Gutta strives to not only be approachable to his patients but also to ensure that his parents have complete awareness and understanding of the health issues that are faced by their furry friends. His special interests lie in skin issues, behavioral problems, senior pet wellness, nutritional counseling, preventive care, and wellness examinations, particularly relevant to canine and feline medicine. Today Dr. Gutta continues to keep himself updated about modern advances in the field of veterinary science through his memberships in the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society and American Veterinary Medical Association.

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