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.

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Kitten Vaccinations

The immunizations your kitten receives during his/her first few months of life are the most important vaccines your cat will ever receive. Typically, kittens will initially receive three sets of boosters at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. These immunizations prime their immune system to create an effective response to the infectious diseases they may encounter throughout their lives and are the building blocks of the future. Even if your new kitten has arrived with the first set of immunizations, we always recommend a “post-purchase” exam be performed (including a stool parasite screen) once you bring them home, to ensure they are healthy and get them started off on the right foot for a long a healthy life as your faithful companion.

When do kittens get their first shots?

Here at College Manor we recommend all new kittens have three sets of immunizations. Most kittens we see at the clinic for their first visit are 12 weeks of age. They will typically already have been examined by a veterinarian and had at least one set of vaccines at 6-8 weeks of age protecting them from Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP). At their 12-week visit, we will give them another complete physical exam, re-immunize them with that same FVRCP combination but also add in the Feline Leukemia vaccine if you are planning for them to go outside. If your kitten will be indoors only there is no need for the Leukemia vaccine to be administered. Approximately three to four weeks later at 15-16 weeks of age, we will ask you to bring your kitten back for their final kitten “booster” which is what we like to call their “big boy or big girl” visit. This is their last visit to the doctor for their third and final physical exam, FVRCP (+/- another Leukemia booster for those going outside) and we will also give them their rabies vaccine at this time. We now consider this kitten fully immunized until this same time next year when we will booster their rabies (+/- Leukemia vaccine) and discuss any of the other immunizations that may be appropriate at that time given their age and lifestyle.

How often do my kittens need a vaccine?

We recommend your cat come in annually for their preventive care exam and at that time we will assess what immunizations are due depending on what has been administered the previous year(s) and their lifestyle.

Does my kitten need only core vaccines?

Each cat/kitten that comes in to see us at College Manor Veterinary Hospital is treated on an individual basis and the doctor will decide what immunizations are required based upon what was given at the last annual preventive care exam or kitten booster appointment and whether your cat/kitten is indoors only or going outside as well.

Are there any risk associated with vaccines?

While it is rare for us to see many vaccine reactions these days at all, it is something our clients should be aware of. Occasionally a pet may experience a bit of tenderness at the injection site or a bit of lethargy or vomiting after a vaccine. These side effects are typically minimal and run their course quickly. It is even less common to see a pet have an anaphylactic reaction to a vaccine we administered. If this were to happen it is pretty immediate and can be quickly dealt with by giving a steroid and antihistamine injection while the pet is still in the clinic. If any pet experiences any type of reaction we document, it in their patient file and take preventive measures in the following years to pre-treat those pets with steroids or antihistamines prior to giving the vaccines and on some occasion have the client return for multiple visits to separate the number of vaccines given in 1 visit. We always ask our clients to call us if they notice anything out of the ordinary after their visit and certainly come back in for a complimentary recheck with the veterinarian if they have any concerns upon returning home. The bigger risk, in this case, is for those pets not immunized at all.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 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 905.853.4706. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Wednesday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday: Closed

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.

You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up, visit our website.

Note: Due to the continued health precautions recommended by Health Canada, we have elected to discontinue 'in clinic' pick-ups for items ordered via our Webstore including both medications and food with immediate effect. The delivery option is extremely flexible and they will deliver to your place of work, home, cottage or wherever you choose.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 College Manor Veterinary Hospital