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.
Vaccinations are one of the most important things you can do to protect the health of your pet. Unvaccinated cats are at risk as we still see many of the diseases for which we vaccinate, most of which are life-threatening. We feel prevention is easier than treatment! We tailor our vaccination program to each individual, so your pet is receiving only the vaccines he/she needs for his/her lifestyle and age.
Yes. Indoor cats still require vaccination. It is true that their lifestyle is less at risk than a cat that goes outdoors, however, many cat viruses are respiratory in nature and as a result spread through the air through open windows, on your shoes, etc. In addition, at the moment, there is a legal requirement for all cats to be vaccinated for Rabies. We do look at our cat’s risks and assess each individual’s need for vaccines separately so please feel free to discuss any concerns you have with the veterinarian at your appointment.
What are FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?
FVRCP is a combination vaccination that protects a group of viruses. It stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. This is a core vaccine we recommend for all cats, indoor and outdoor. The other vaccine we advise for all cats is Rabies vaccination. Feline Leukaemia vaccines are optional and recommended for those cats that go outdoors or have contact with cats that go outdoors.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccination?
We recommend that your cat is examined annually. At that visit, we discuss any changes to the lifestyle and administer any vaccines required.
Are there any risk associated with cat vaccines?
Vaccines by their nature are designed to cause a response in an individual. The goal is to stimulate the immune system into forming protection from disease. Normal responses to a vaccine would be some soreness or fever for 1-2 days after the injection. In some individuals, their response is overproduced, and we can see anaphylactic responses which may include facial swelling, vomiting or diarrhea a short time after receiving the vaccine. These types of reaction are quite rare. If your cat has experienced this in the past, we can administer an antihistamine prior to their vaccination to prevent this from happening again. You may have heard of injection site sarcomas in cats. Fortunately, we do not see these as frequently as we used to, and we feel that the risk that diseases present for your cat are far greater than the risk of forming a sarcoma at the site of an injection. The annual physical exam is the perfect opportunity to have a discussion about any concerns you may have with one of our veterinarians.
In April of 2018, I lost my best friend, Becky. She was my 13-year-old beagle I had loved since I was 8 years old. She was my whole world, and when she passed away, my heart was empty for a long time. I never thought I’d have another dog again.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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
Starting September 14, 2020, we will be allowing up to 3 clients in the building at a time. We ask that our clients wear a mask when entering the clinic. We will continue our "locked door" 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 then ask if you are comfortable coming into the clinic (1 person per patient) as well as perform COVID screening questions. If you are comfortable coming into the clinic, a staff member will meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for the examination. If you are not comfortable coming into the clinic, the technician will phone you to take the history needed for your appointment and 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 - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:
Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!