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Updates on COVID-19 and pet care from Jacksonville, FL veterinarian

Updates of Covid-19 and Pet Care at San Marco Animal Hospital in Jacksonville FL Area

The current global pandemic has turned all of our lives upside down. As a pet owner, you may be wondering what you need to know about COVID-19 in relation to your pets: what to do to prepare in case you get COVID-19 and who to ask if you have questions? At San Marco Animal Hospital, we care about not just the health of your pets, but the health of you and your family as well. Read on for updates on COVID-19 and your pets.

Being prepared

One of the best things you can do to protect your pet during the COVID-19 pandemic is having a plan for the care of your pet should you become infected with the virus.

  • Create a plan for how you will care for your pet if you become sick and unable to care for them yourself
  • Make sure you have adequate supplies for your pet in case you need to quarantine for several weeks and are unable to go to stores; this includes items like food, medications, potty pads for dogs if you don’t have a yard and cat litter
  • Know your vet’s procedures for office visits during this time; many veterinarians have adjusted their protocols for the safety of both you and your pet

If you are sick with COVID-19

Because there is still so much to be learned about this virus, we are still not certain about the role of pets in the transmission of COVID-19. There is currently no evidence in the United States that animals play a role in spreading COVID-19. There have, however, been a small number of pets across the globe that have been reported to be infected, but asymptomatic, with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) after being in close contact with people who had the disease.  To be on the safe side, we suggest restricting the amount of contact you have with your pets and other animals should you become ill from COVID-19. If possible, have a trusted friend or family member take care of your pet, and if you must be in close contact with your animal, wash your hands before and after touching them and wear a face mask.


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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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"When my 16 year old cat got cancer and died it was very hard for me. Dr. Gutta was wonderful to me, so compassionate and understanding. He even followed up with a sympathy card."
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