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.
Our feline vaccine program is divided into “core” and “non-core” vaccines. They are administered in accordance with guidelines set by the American Animal Hospital Association. Core vaccines are highly recommended for all cats, either by law or because of the life-threatening nature of the diseases. Non-core vaccines are administered selectively, based on potential risk of exposure to your pet. To determine if your cat would benefit from having a non-core vaccine, a discussion will be had with your veterinarian.
We generally recommend vaccinating indoor and outdoor cats against FVRCP (highly contagious upper respiratory diseases) and rabies (required by law due to its potential to be transmissible to humans). Although it is less likely for an indoor cat to contract some of these diseases, it is still very possible. Many of these viruses are very hardy and can even be transferred from inanimate objects such as clothing that has had contact with other infected cats and brought into your house. Since leukemia is readily transmitted from cat to cat, we recommend this vaccine to any cat that goes outdoors.
What is FVRCP and what are the core vaccines for cats?
Core vaccines in cats are vaccines that we typically give to every cat. These core vaccines would consist of FVRCP and rabies. FVRCP stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus are upper respiratory diseases and Panleukopenia is also known as feline distemper and infectious feline enteritis, which is similar to parvovirus in dogs. Typically, we vaccinated for FVRCP every three years and rabies vaccine is given yearly.
Non-core vaccines include leukemia. Leukemia can be transmitted through saliva or nasal secretions. We recommend the leukemia vaccine to all outdoor cats since it is so readily transmitted from cat to cat. The leukemia vaccine, like rabies, is given annually.
How often does my adult cat need vaccines?
After your cat has received all of their kitten booster shots including FVRCP and rabies, they are required to have them all boostered one year later and then from there, FVRCP is given every three years. Rabies is given annually.
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 September 28th, 2020 we have made 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 over the phone. Due to the recent rise in COVID cases we are asking that “Pets Only” come into the clinic.
Technician appointments will still be required to wait in the car for the duration of the appointment.
When instructed by a team member we will allow you to bring your pet inside - provided you are wearing a mask. Cats may be placed inside our doorway in their carriers. Dogs may be hooked up just inside our front door on a carabiner. We will call you on your cell phone to discuss findings on your pet’s appointment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication - call 416-282-8516 to let us know you are here (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 – 7:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
5. 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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!