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.
Vaccinations are an important part of your cat’s health. These vaccines help to prevent your furry family member from getting possibly fatal diseases. During your visit, we can help tailor the best vaccine protocol for your furry loved one.
Yes, your indoor only cats are still at risk. If you have dogs at home, they can bring stuff in from outside on their fur. We can also bring things in on our shoes and clothes. The rabies vaccine is required by law for all pets as well.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
The FVRCP vaccine is a combination vaccine that covers Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. These diseases affect the respiratory tract, as well as the gastrointestinal tract. This vaccine and the rabies vaccine are your core vaccines. If your cat goes outside even occasionally, we strongly recommend that they receive a Leukemia vaccine.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
Depending on your cat’s lifestyle, your cat should be vaccinated every 1-3 years. As soon as they have received all of their kitten vaccines and a final booster for the FVRCP vaccine has been given at 1 year of age, they can transition to an every 3-year protocol.
Please note that the rabies vaccine and Leukemia vaccine are given yearly.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
All vaccines carry risk, although it is uncommon. One of the most common vaccine reactions to keep an eye out for is lethargy (sleepiness). Some patients can experience slight pain at the injection site. If this occurs, we can provide some pain relief that your cat can administer at home. Other reactions to watch out for are swelling, hives, and itchiness. It is not as common, and if noted, make sure to call your veterinary clinic immediately. The last and rarest reaction is anaphylaxis. This reaction usually occurs within 10-15 minutes, and if observed, your cat requires urgent medical care.
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 613.443.5459. 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: 8:00 am - 4:00 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.
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.
7. 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 Embrun Veterinary Hospital