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That Awkward Cat Conversation

“Why should I vaccinate my indoor cat? He doesn’t go outside, and he has had his shots before.” This is a common conversation that we have with clients regarding vaccinating their indoor cats. Even the most well-meaning owner may not realize the risks associated with choosing not to follow a vaccination schedule.

For starters, the term ‘indoor cat’ is one that is often used loosely. Most cat owners at one time or another, have had to chase after their cat from its great escape frantically (sometimes in Batman pyjamas while neighbours watch and laugh). Let’s say that your cat gets out and gets under the deck in the back yard. S/he is only outside for five minutes, and he hasn’t pulled this escape stuff since last year. Even five minutes of exposure is plenty of time for him to come into contact with:

  • Fleas – They are out there, and they would love to come in via your cat. We all know that fleas are a royal pain and it will take a minimum of 3 months to rid yourself of them and their lifecycles. Flea bites can also lead to tapeworms.
  • Ticks – These gross little bloodsuckers are no one’s friend. Ticks can carry lime disease, and they are very easy for your cat to pick up. Even if your cat is outside for five minutes, a tick can easily attach itself and begin feeding. The Toronto Star reported that: “The number of Lyme disease cases is at a record high and expected to keep growing. In 2017, there were 78 cases in Toronto, 987 in Ontario and more than 1,400 in Canada. By comparison, a year earlier there were 23 in the city, 388 in the province and 992 cases nationwide. But because it’s under-reported, some experts say the true number may be tenfold.”
  • Mosquitoes – Mosquitoes can infect your cat with heartworm. If your cat is strictly indoors, they are still at risk. Remember that it only takes one mosquito to infect your cat and we’ve all had those pesky skeeters get into our house.

There are also other risk factors for infectious diseases that owners may not be aware of. For example, diseases such as panleukopenia can be transmitted by simply coming into contact with it. I’ve often had clients ask me whether rabies vaccines are necessary for indoor cats. I recall a recent situation in a clinic. The owner of an indoor cat was behind on her vaccines. Unfortunately, a rabid bat got into the house and bit the cat. The cat was vaccinated as quickly as possible in the hopes that the antibodies in her immune system would ward off the disease. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rabies.

We all think that the unlikely will not happen to us. But friends, prevention is the best medicine against disease. Peace of mind is a good thing and we are always happy to give you the best advice for your fur babies.

Written by: Shannon, CCR

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519-773-3911. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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 can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday from 9:00 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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button. We have currently lowered our delivery fee, and it's free for orders over $50.

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 jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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.

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic