We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 403.246.1115. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.