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 are incredibly important to prevent serious diseases, and some are required by law. A vaccine basically tricks one’s immune system into building antibiotics against a disease so when we see said disease it will be destroyed before causing illness. We tailor vaccines to individual lifestyle – you may hear about this approach as core and non-core vaccination. Core vaccines would be those vaccinations that all cats should get due to the high risk of infection or severity of the infection. Non-core vaccines are selected based on where your cat travels and what they do. Examples of core vaccines are viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, panleukopenia, and rabies virus. Examples of non-core vaccines would be feline leukemia vaccine.
Yes, they sure do! The vaccine selection is slightly different from an outdoor cat. People commonly forget that wildlife may get into their home (i.e. bats), or an indoor cat may escape. One also needs to consider that domestic pets are legally required to have a rabies vaccine.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
Core vaccines would be those vaccinations that all cats should get due to the high risk of infection or severity of the infection. FVRCP stands for Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and panleukopenia. Rhinotracheitis (feline herpes virus) and Calicivirus cause moderate to severe upper respiratory infections in cats. You commonly see runny eyes and a snotty nose. Panleukopenia may cause vomiting and diarrhea. It may also be a low white blood cell number, which may impair your cat’s immune system. Basically, FVRCP is considered a core vaccine. Another core vaccine for your cat would be for rabies.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
Frequency of vaccination is dependent on the age of your cat, lifestyle and previous vaccine history. In general, your cat should be vaccinated every three years for the FVRCP vaccine and Rabies every year. If your cat requires the feline leukemia vaccine, then that is an annual vaccine as well. Your cat’s vaccination schedule will be specific to your cat and our veterinarians will review at their annual physical exams.
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 Friday, March 20, 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 519.797.2960. 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: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 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.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. 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.