Coronavirus Update – RLVC Protocol

We are OPEN and providing our same level of service

We understand the concern in our community due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We want you to know that we are taking the risk seriously. Most important, we hope you, your family and your pets are staying healthy during this challenging time.

We are writing to let you to know the steps we are taking to continue to provide quality care for your pets, while keeping you and our team safe.

In addition to our regular cleaning and disinfecting protocols, we have also increased the frequency of disinfecting high traffic areas, such as, reception counter tops, door knobs, exam room seating, tables, credit card machines and bathrooms. We are following the CDC recommendations to keep our team and clients healthy.

We have extra hand sanitizer in all areas of our hospital that we request you use on arrival and on your way out. We support our team and ask they stay home if they are not feeling well.

If you are showing symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19

If you are showing symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, have traveled to a high-risk area in the last 14 days, have been in contact with someone who has been showing symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19. We request to reschedule non-urgent medical care for your pet(s). If your pet requires a visit, or we cannot reschedule for medical reasons, we ask that you have a healthy friend of family member bring your pet in.

If you are not unwell, but are concerned about exposure

Please call the clinic when you arrive and we can come out to your vehicle and bring your pet in. We will discuss the exam findings by phone and proceed with treatment as requested.

For all others bringing their pet(s) in we ask that you follow these recommendations to reduce potential exposure:

  • Limit the number of people bringing your pet into the clinic for care.
  • Stay 3-5 feet away from others while waiting in reception. If preferred, after you check in, you may wait in your vehicle and we can call you when we are ready for you to come in.
  • Use hand sanitizer in exam rooms, bathrooms, and reception.

Equine and Large Animal Appointments

Follow the same protocols as listed above. If you are concerned about exposure, call us when you arrive and we will come out and meet you at your truck/trailer.

After-Hour Emergencies

Dr. Gruber will still be providing emergency care after-hours and on weekends. If you have been symptomatic, or directly exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you have a healthy friend or family member bring the patient in for care. if this is not possible, make sure that Dr. Gruber is aware of your situation, and we will do our best to help your pet(s) while reducing exposure to our doctor and staff.

We can bring medications and food out to your vehicle.

We carry many medications and pet food in-clinic. If you are concerned about exposure, you can pay over the phone and one our team members can bring your products out to your vehicle when you arrive. Please call ahead to give us time to get your products ready, and also when you get here.

We offer Home Delivery

Please use our online store to order medications, over-the-counter products, pet food and more Delivered directly to your door! Click the link below to get started.


How is COVID-19 affecting pets?

The latest information does not show evidence of any risk to pets in contracting COVID-19 or being able to transmit the disease to humans.

What if my pet is coughing, sneezing or showing other COVID-19 symptoms?

As with any virus, we ask that your pet stay in the vehicle until we are ready to see them. Please check-in with reception and we will ensure that your pet does not have contact with other pets. Dogs and cats can contract other illnesses that produce the same symptoms, such as Bordetella Bronchispetica (kennel Cough), Canine Influenza, Feline Herpesvirus etc.

We are doing everything we can to continue to provide service to the community while following recommended guidelines to prevent transmission of COVID-19. We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates if changes to our protocol is necessary.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns. 406-446-2815 or

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