Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Vaccines help protect against common infectious diseases seen in cats. They stimulate the body’s immune system to destroy the infectious organism and ‘remember’ it, so that it can fight against the infection again in the future if necessary. Without vaccination, many cats will become seriously ill and may die due to the infection that their body is unable to fight effectively on its own. The use of vaccines has prevented death and disease in millions of cats. Vaccines also protect people from disease, such as rabies, that can be transmitted from cats.
Indoor cats still require vaccination in most cases, but the decision to vaccinate will always be based on each cat’s risk level for exposure to diseases, health status and previous vaccine history. We will spend time with you during your appointment to talk about what vaccines would be appropriate for your individual cat’s needs.
What is FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?
Core vaccines are defined as the set of vaccinations that are recommended for all cats, due to the severity of disease that they cause and the highly infectious and transmissible nature of the diseases. Core vaccines for cats have been defined by the American Association of Feline Practitioners Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel. This group of vaccinations is called FVRCP and includes vaccinations for feline panleukopenia, feline herpesvirus-1 and feline calicivirus.
How often does my adult cat need vaccination?
The core vaccination for FVRCP will be protective for 3 years after your cat has finished his/her kitten booster series and 1-year-old vaccinations. The rabies vaccine may also be recommended for your cat and is given on an annual basis.
Are there any risks associated with vaccines?
With any vaccine, there can always be a small risk of allergic or other adverse reaction, however, the risk is very minimal. There is, however, a greater health risk associated with not vaccinating.
All cats, but indoor cats especially, need enrichment and mental stimulation. Enrichment can increase activity (which can help with weight control) and prevent many behavioural issues related to low mental stimulation (things like inappropriate litter box usage, anxiety, aggression and attention-seeking).
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm - Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!