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.

Kitten Wellness Program

Our kitten wellness program is designed to offer all the benefits of veterinary care available for your kitten from the ages of 6 to 16 weeks. The program includes a series of examinations, vaccinations, dewormings, and nutritional counselling.

At each visit, we perform a complete physical exam of your kitten to detect any developmental or congenital abnormalities. We also look for parasites such as ear mites, fleas, or lice and we evaluate your kitten’s body condition to make sure he or she is growing well.

The vaccinations begin at 6-8 weeks of age and are completed after a series of three vaccines given at 3-4 week intervals. The initial vaccine includes panleukopenia (distemper), coronavirus, and parainfluenza virus. A booster is needed 3-4 weeks after the initial vaccine, in order to boost the antibodies to these viruses. Also, at this time, vaccines for the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) or the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are given if indicated. Another booster is needed 3-4 weeks later and the rabies vaccine is given at this time.

Vaccination against panleukopenia (distemper), coronavirus, and parainfluenza virus constitute the core vaccines for all cats. The vaccine for FeLV and FIV is indicated if your kitten will eventually go outside or if you have more than 2 cats already in the house with an unknown viral status.

Our deworming protocol follows the Companion Animal Parasite Council guidelines, which recommends deworming at 2 weeks of age and monthly thereafter until 6 months of age. All kittens need to be dewormed. The most common intestinal worm found in kittens is roundworms, which can lead to vomiting and/or diarrhea. It is possible for your kitten to have worms and not show any signs, therefore his/her stool should be examined microscopically to look for worm eggs and other parasites. There are other parasites that can cause similar symptoms and can even cause your kitten to become anemic (low red blood cell count). Performing a fecal test will allow us to treat your kitten accordingly. We recommend that you bring in a fresh stool sample at your pet’s first visit and annually thereafter.

Good nutrition is essential for your kitten’s growth. Kitten foods are not all created equal as far as quality. It is impossible to judge the quality or compare one food to another by relying only on the list of ingredients. At your appointment, we will help you choose an appropriate diet and answer any questions you may have about available pet food for your kitten.

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.

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