We remain open to provide urgent 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.
Our clinic recommends vaccines as an easy way to prevent some illnesses. We vaccinate cat against very serious and very contagious diseases. Some diseases, like Feline Leukemia, are prevalent in the Sudbury area. Other vaccines are required by law – such as the Rabies vaccine because the Rabies virus poses a threat to the human population as well as the pet population.
We recommend all cats have their initial kitten vaccines to build up immunity against serious and potentially life-threatening illness. Having a strictly indoor cat is a good way to help prevent the spread of disease as long as there is no possibility that another cat will come into your household (via adoption or fostering) and the cat has no way of sharing the same airspace as another cat. For example, if your cat likes to sit in an open window space with just a screen between the cat and the outside, there isn’t any way of preventing a passing stray cat from transmitting disease. It is always best to prevent disease rather than treat disease and some diseases have no treatment. Indoor cats don’t require vaccines as frequently as cats who go outdoors. Our veterinarians can help assess your cat’s risk factors and make recommendations to meet your specific needs.
What is FVRCP core vaccine for cats?
FVRCP stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. Core vaccines always contain protection against these highly contagious diseases. We also include Feline Leukemia in the vaccines that we offer for cats.
How often does my adult cat need vaccination?
After the initial series of kitten vaccines, once yearly vaccination is recommended for adult cats. The rabies vaccine is done once at 4 months of age, again at 16 months of age and then it is given every 3 years thereafter.
Are there any risks associated with vaccines?
Historically, there were some risks associated with vaccines and certain tumours. However, there have been vast improvements in the vaccines and in the ingredients used to formulate vaccines, so those risks have been dramatically minimized. The spread of disease in unvaccinated cats now poses a greater risk.
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 April 6, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.
2. We are offering urgent care appointments only at this time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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.