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 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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!