Dear Pet Parents,
The last year has brought many challenges and changes, including a greater awareness of health and hygiene. With a combination of more pets, more time at home for some, and a delay or lapse in veterinary care for some pets, we are already seeing a higher number of parasites in the pets we care for. As we strive to return to some normalcy, we recommend you plan ahead to get your pet up to date on testing for heartworm and tick-borne disease, parasite prevention products, and fecal tests to screen for intestinal parasites. Here at Greenbriar, we are doing all we can to continue caring for and protecting both pets and public health.
Our biggest change is updating our standard of care by recommending a biannual fecal test for pets in our Resort family. The current standard in Veterinary medicine recommends having your pet checked every 3-6 months by bringing in a fresh stool sample, so we will require our guests to have a negative intestinal parasite or “fecal” test result within 6 months of their stay with us.
Why is this important? Did you know that prevention products only offer protection against some intestinal parasites your pet could be exposed to or infected with? Many of these parasites are passed between pets and pose a public health risk with infection between pets and people. High-risk areas include but are not limited to highly populated areas such as common community areas, sidewalks, and dog parks, rural areas near wildlife or livestock, and facilities that offer grooming, boarding, or doggy daycare. Healthy pets might be infected with little to no symptoms, and despite best disinfection practices, some of these parasites are difficult to get rid of, are very hardy, and can survive in the environment for weeks to months.
Please be patient and understanding with us as we make this adjustment together as a pet community. Our goal is to operate in the best interest of the pets and the people in our community. If you would like more information, please speak with your veterinarian or schedule an appointment with us. Don’t forget to pick up after your pet and help protect us all!
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Dr. Erin Hendricken, DVM MRCVS
Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort