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.
Kitten vaccinations are given at a critical period in the kitten’s life when they are no longer receiving immunity through nursing. These vaccines jump start their immune system to ward off potentially life-threatening disease processes.
At West Hill Animal Clinic, we typically give kittens their first vaccines around 8 weeks of age.
How often does my kitten need vaccines?
As a general rule of thumb, kitten vaccines are administered at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. At this time, core vaccines are given, with the option to start receiving non-core vaccines.
Does my kitten only need core vaccines?
Upon further discussion with your veterinarian, non-core vaccines may also be given at this time, depending on your lifestyle and your cat’s exposure.
Are there any risks associated with vaccines?
Occasionally, some animals will experience mild reactions to vaccines. The most common side effect of being vaccinated is lethargy which typically, only lasts for a day. Other reactions may include vomiting, diarrhea or sometimes even facial swelling. If your cat is experiencing what you may think is a vaccine reaction, please call the clinic for advice on what you should do.
Bad breath (halitosis) in a dog or cat is usually because of poor dental health. Occasionally a dog or cat may have good teeth and still have bad breath in which case the diet is usually the cause. This is relatively rare, however, compared to the likelihood of a dental issue.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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 in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416-282-6621 (appointments ONLY at this number). 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. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet using social distancing methods. We will be taking payments over the phone, we are no longer taking cash at this time.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm - Friday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!