covid updates

 covid updates

Dear Valued Clients

Update March 3, 2021

While the state mask mandate has been lifted, we are continuing to follow the CDC guidelines and the recommendations of the State of Texas in requiring all of our clients and staff members to wear masks at all times. We believe these protocols are the best way to keep both clients and staff members safe. We also hope that by following these steps, we as a society will get to a point as quickly as possible where masks and social distancing will no longer be necessary.

We appreciate your trust in the care of your pets and thank you for respecting our mask policy at this time. 

An Important Update November 10th

Please know that the health and safety of our patients, clients, staff, and community are always our top priorities. As Texas opens back up, things in Austin may remain in a state of constant flux. With this in mind, we are monitoring and adjusting our approach to serve the best interest of our community, staff, and the animals of Austin. We feel confident moving forward with our plan to continue treating as we have since March. We are taking extra precautions due to COVID and we want you to know that we are here for you.

We understand this is an incredibly stressful and challenging time for all. We want to assure you we are continuing to offer compassionate veterinary care to our patients with the least amount of interruption. The health and well being of your pet will always be our utmost priority.
For the protection of our patients, clients, and staff, safety protocols remain in place to provide a clean environment. We have asked the staff to refrain from handshakes and hugs. Social distancing is encouraged along with face covering. Frequent hand washing, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, along with thorough cleaning of the workspace is still common practice.

Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment, please TEXT (512)474-8888 and let one of our customer care representatives know you have arrived. Please remain in your car and we will escort your pet directly into an examination room.

If you are ill or experiencing flu-like symptoms and have an appointment, we kindly ask that you call us to reschedule. You may also arrange for a trusted friend, neighbor, or healthy family member to transport your pet to our hospital.

The following is our protocol at this time:

  • All clients are sent the admitting form- this will limit the face to face interaction with technician/doctor time with each client.
  • With the admitting form filled out the Doctors and technicians will review your information and text or call you with any additional questions so please keep your phone available.
  • We ask that you call or please TEXT (512)474-8888 and let one of our customer care representatives know you have arrived and which spot you have parked in.
  •  We ask you to place the carrier outside of their car so we can retrieve the patient. If you have a dog, we ask that you let us put double leashes on your pets and then hand the leash and stay arms length apart. 
  • We are going to preform the exam and will have the Doctor call or text with their plan-confirm treatments and medications to be filled. 
  • You then can pay over the phone.
  • Your pet is then brought out to you.
Phone consultation will be a case by case situation with the option for telemedicine.
We will still send an admitting form to be filled out. The Doctor will review the form and decide dependent on the description of each case whether or not a virtual consultation is appropriate.
If approved there is an consultation fee. If the request is denied we will need to schedule an appointment to drop off your pet.

*** Clients are welcome to drop off samples at the front door as well as pick up medication and food, please call or TEXT when you are here***

Please if you have any concerns contact our manager Lenore at (512)474-8888 ex 110 and she will be more than happy to answer your questions!

For additional information please click on these useful links:
AVMA Useful information for pet owners

CDC Corona Virus Response

Dr. Spitz and the LABAH staff