We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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!
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "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 902-225-7543. We will bring your pet into the hospital 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 to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. With dramatically increased demand and dwindling supply, combined with supplier purchase limitations, we are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in obtaining many pet foods. Although we remain in stock of many of your favourite foods, and continue to order our daily maximum allocation, we regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend special orders. Please continue to call us and we will do our best to fill your needs with food we have in stock, but we can no longer guarantee supply on all brands. We are monitoring this situation daily and will advise when this situation has eased. At this time most drugs and over the counter products remain unaffected.
For food and prescription pick ups, please call us to prepay and advise us by phone when you arrive at the hospital to pick up. We will meet you at the front of the building to deliver your order. We do also have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
5. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital