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.
Vaccinating your feline friends will help to protect them against potentially life-threatening diseases. Our veterinarian will create a vaccination protocol based on your cat’s age, health status and lifestyle.
Your veterinarian will suggest the best protocol for you and your pet. If your pet may accidentally get outside or is in contact with domestic or wild animals, then this could create potential risks.
Which vaccines are available for cats?
FVRCP is an acronym used by veterinarians and it stands for “feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.” Rhinotracheitis, caused by the feline herpes virus, invades the nose lining, sinuses, throat, windpipe and eye membranes. Calicivirus is a respiratory infection that affects the cat’s throat, eyes, nasal passages, mouth, and sometimes lungs, intestines and musculoskeletal system. Panleukopenia, also called feline distemper, is a highly contagious virus affecting blood cells in the intestinal tract, bone marrow, brain, and developing fetuses. Rabies is a degenerative disease that attacks the nervous system and is typically contracted from the bite of a wild animal. The FeLV vaccine stands for Feline Leukemia Virus, this virus can cause a variety of disorders from tumours, (including leukemia), to bone marrow suppression, to infection, although some infected cats may not show clinical signs for several years.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
Adult felines should be vaccinated every 1-3 years, depending on the vaccine given, age, health and lifestyle of the cat.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
On some occasions, cats may feel tired for 24 hours after vaccination. In some cats, a small, non-painful lump may form at the site where the vaccine was injected; usually disappearing within four weeks. Treatment is usually not needed but please follow up with our team regarding any reactions or concerns.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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
As of Monday July 6 we will allow one owner to accompany their pet into the building for medical appointments. Clients must wear a mask if they want to accompany their pet inside. If you do not have one then one can be provided to you. Doors will remain locked. Please call when you arrive for your appointment to be admitted to the building. If you prefer, curbside service will continue to be offered for medical appointments.
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 remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital