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.
Immunizations are the simplest and cost-effective way of preventing disease and maintaining the health and longevity of your cat. During your consultation, one of our veterinarians will discuss the importance of “core” vaccines (which are immunizations we administer to all cats in our area) as well as “lifestyle” vaccines (which are those immunizations given dependant on whether your cat is indoors only or goes outside as well). We tailor our protocol annually to the current needs of your pet.
All pets whether it be a cat or dog should be vaccinated. Rabies is the only vaccine which is required by law, but we administer other core vaccines to protect your pet from diseases prevalent in our area, so they can live a long and happy life in your care.
What is FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?
Here at College Manor Veterinary Hospital FVRCP and Rabies are “core” vaccines for cats. What that means is we feel these are prevalent diseases your cat could potentially be exposed to and we want to be sure he/she is covered and can live a long and healthy life. If your cat goes outside, we would also administer the leukemia vaccine as a “core” vaccine as he/she could become infected from any of the stray cats in your neighbourhood.
How often does my adult cat need vaccination?
The “core” immunizations for cats at our facility include 3-year rabies booster alternating with a three-year FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici, and Panleukopenia) booster after full completion of the initial kitten series. We also include a Feline Leukemia booster annually for those cats that also go outside. While your cat may not “need” an immunization every year, we still recommend bringing them in for their annual preventive care exam to catch any health problems early.
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.
Have you ever bought a plant to decorate for the holidays or dropped a vitamin accidentally? As these things do happen and can cause a potential pet poison risk, it is important to be informed as a preventative measure.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm & Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
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