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MEET TONY EBLING, VDM
We are pleased to introduce a longtime supporter of PAWS/LA, Dr. Tony Ebling of Laurel Pet Hospital in West Hollywood. Dr. Ebling was born and raised on his family’s sheep farm in rural Pennsylvania, where he cared for a large menagerie of dogs, cats, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, cows and rabbits. He attended Penn State University, earned his Master’s degree from Washington State and his veterinary doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career as a dairy veterinarian in Chino and Bakersfield. However, seeking more personal interaction with clients and working with dogs and cats was too much to resist. In 2007 he moved to West Hollywood and started at Laurel Pet Hospital as a full time associate. Dr. Ebling lives in West Hollywood with his husband, their Puggle and two cats. In his spare time, he is a dedicated volunteer with several service organizations focusing on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
As part of PAWS/LA'S response to the COVID-19, we asked Dr. Ebling to share with us his thoughts and expertise for your pet’s health as we all navigate the crisis.
Can my pet get COVID-19?
A small number of pets have tested positive for COVID-19 after some showing signs of mild respiratory infections. However, based on current information, there is no evidence that dogs or cats can be a source of COVID-19 transmission to humans.
Should I get my dog or cat tested?
At present, there is no recommendation to have your pet tested for the disease. In an abundance of caution, we recommend keeping pets away from infected people, and confining pets of infected people away from others.
Should I get rid of my pet if I think it may be infected?
No! At present no evidence exists that dogs or cats can be a source of infection to people or other animals.
How can I protect my pet? I’m social distancing, wearing a mask and washing my hands, but what about my pet?
The current recommendations are that you keep pets away from other pets and other people outside of your household. Go for walks but keep social distancing of you and your pet – always! Wash your hands after handling your pet and call your veterinarian at the first sign of illness in your pet.
What should I do if I get sick?
That’s an excellent question. For starters, identify someone who can take care of your pet if you can’t because of illness. Make sure your pet has proper identification like a microchip or dog tag, and proof of their vaccinations. Be sure whoever looks after your pet has plenty of food and extra supplies on-hand. And don’t forget any of your pet’s medications and flea prevention, too.
Remember, always – if your pet shows any signs of illness; lethargy, coughing or sneezing – call your veterinarian right away. Keep them indoors and away from other pets until you have a diagnosis and treatment.
Friends, these are challenging times in our lives where everything we know has been upended and where we are adapting and adjusting constantly. Remember that your beloved pet is a
source of unmatched hope, companionship and comfort. With our pets, getting through this tough time only makes it easier.
I look forward to hearing from you answering your questions!
Dr. Tony Ebling
Laurel Pet Hospital