May 24th 2020
Since ceasing temporarily on 17th March, I have been closely monitoring all updates from the government as well as guidance from the APHA, BVA & RCVS. As we know, here in Scotland, we are due to move into Phase 1 on 28th May. Given that the status of this reads 'high risk the virus is not yet contained' I personally feel that it is still too soon for me to offer appointments. However, the good news is that things are moving in the right direction and I am hopeful that if this continues, I will be able to offer appointments again in the not too distant future.
Meanwhile, I am completing some training courses and webinars in order for me to undertake a full risk assessment and implement necessary precautions. It is unlikely to be 'business as usual' for some time. One thing that's definitely worth doing is getting your dog acclimatised to people wearing face masks. In my experience, most dogs are absolutely fine with them but it's best to take the opportunity to spend a bit of time making sure they know it's nothing to worry about. There's some good advice on this from Davies, The Veterinary Specialists and The Blue Cross.
July 21st 2020
This morning I finally received clarification from the Scottish Government Animal Health and Welfare Division that appointments can now also take place indoors. Whilst I had understood this to be the case for a couple of weeks now, it's good to have the confirmation. As you can imagine, they are extremely busy just now hence the (apologetic) delay. Please note that an outdoor environment remains preferable but depending on what works best for your own dog, indoor home visits and clinic appointments at Highland Hydrotherapy are now an option - I am also accepting new clients. All additional precautions are of course being fully explained prior to each appointment.
June 24th 2020
The Scottish Government Animal Health and Welfare Division have confirmed that I am now able to conduct Clinical Canine Massage appointments in an outdoor setting, subject to adherence to the rules on physical distancing. This means I am now in a position to offer limited appointments, outdoors only. As an when this guidance changes, I will update.
To say I have spent many, many hours preparing for this is an understatement. I have completed several online training courses and watched the entire series of RCVS webinars on Covid-19. In addition, I have read all the available guidance from the BVA, RCVS, WSAVA and APHA. As I am sure you will appreciate, I have also now implemented a number of conditions and measures to help minimise the potential risk of Covid-19 transmission.
This is not by any means a return to ‘business as usual’ and is very much dependent on the weather cooperating!! However, it is potentially an option for dogs who are in need of treatment. If you would like to discuss this further, please let me know and I will firstly email across my disclaimer which details the conditions and guidance I have in place. If you are happy with all of this, we can then arrange a pre-appointment individual risk-assessment call and take it from there. Initially, appointments will only be available for existing clients, however, if you are new to Clinical Canine Massage, don’t hesitate to get in touch as going forward, this is likely to change. As always, thank you for all your ongoing support.