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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please call us from your cell phone or ring our doorbell so that we know that you've arrived for your appointment. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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 are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital