Webinar: Leader Dog’s COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Close-up photo of a woman looking into the camera wearing a black face mask with a white Leader Dog logo on the left side. There are crinkles around her eyes that make it appear she may be smiling. She is holding a white cane.

In the sixth installment of our webinar series, team members give an overview of the safety protocols we’ve implemented to resume serving clients during COVID-19.

Find out how we’ve changed our campus, class sizes, instruction methods, equipment and more to keep our clients and staff safe while providing our services.

 

During the webinar, we were requested to provide the following information:

The speaker system used by our guide dog mobility instructors and certified O&M specialists is available on Amazon. You can find it here.

The following is a post provided to our clients on March 18 by our veterinary staff:

At Leader Dogs for the Blind, we are committed to keeping our dogs and our clients safe. There has been a lot of information surrounding the current global situation with COVID-19, with a lot of unanswered questions and we wanted to reassure you of what we do know at this time.

There have been reports of dogs in China that have tested positive for COVID-19. The pet dogs that tested positive are being cared for and neither has shown any signs of being ill with COVID-19. Furthermore, 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 can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people. However, because animals can spread other diseases to people and people can also spread diseases to animals, it’s a good idea to always wash your hands before and after interacting with animals.

Out of an abundance of caution, the AVMA recommends you take the same common-sense approach when interacting with your pets or other animals in your home, including service animals. If you are positive for COVID-19, you should tell your physician and public health official that you have a pet or other animal in your home. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. While we are recommending these as good practices, it is important to remember there is currently no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including people.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is a reliable source of information for all the questions you may have regarding COVID-19 and your dog.

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