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.
Keeping your cat up to date on vaccines is a critical step to preventing disease. There are many different vaccines available to you for your four-legged family member. It is important to consider your cat’s risk of exposure when choosing the right vaccines.
While indoor cats definitely do tend to have a lower risk of contagious disease, there are many preventable diseases that can be passed to your pet when they become airborne and even on our shoes and clothing. If you have another animal in the house that goes outside, that also puts your indoor pets at risk for a disease.
What is FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?
FVRCP: This is the general core vaccine for cats. This includes:
FELINE VIRAL RHINOTRACHEITIS: Viral infection of the upper respiratory tract that causes sneezing and nasal discharge.
CALICIVIRUS: Another contagious respiratory infection causing fever, mouth ulcers and pneumonia.
PANLEUKOPENIA: Contagious disease causing a white blood cell deficiency. Common symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea.
RABIES: A fatal disease that attacks the brain and nervous system, is transmitted through saliva and can affect humans as well. Required by law in Riverview for outdoor cats.
FELINE LEUKEMIA: A viral disease that breaks down the immune system and eventually, results in death.
How often does my adult cat need vaccination?
Cats should be vaccinated annually.
Are there any risk associated with vaccines?
As with most things, there is always the risk of the pet having an adverse reaction to a vaccine, however, it is not very common. Rarely, cats can sometimes develop a vaccine-associated tumour. This is most commonly seen with the feline leukemia vaccine but is only seen in approx. 1 out of every 5,000-10,000 cats vaccinated. If you would like to further discuss the risks of vaccines, please contact us to book an appointment to discuss with a veterinarian.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. If you are arriving for a booked appointment with a doctor, please call from your vehicle when you arrive. We are now allowing 1 family member per appointment into the exam room. You can choose to remain in your vehicle if that is your preference.
Credit & Debit card payments preferred.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm - Saturday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
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!