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.
Our veterinarians recommend for cats to be up to date on their “core” vaccinations, including FVRCP and Rabies. These vaccines help to protect against viruses and disease spread from cat to cat. There is another vaccine called feline leukemia and is usually recommended for outdoor cats.
It is highly recommended; the vaccines protect your cat against an illness that is highly preventable. Even if your cat does not leave home, you can carry viruses on your clothing, or from introducing a new pet.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
FVRCP is one of the core vaccines for cats. It protects against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. The other core vaccine is Rabies, which is a fatal disease. Non-core vaccines, which can be tailored to your cat are Feline Leukemia Virus
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
FVRCP and Rabies vaccines are boostered every 3 years in adult cats, and leukemia is an annual vaccination.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
As with any vaccination, there are some risks. Some cats can be allergic to components in the vaccine just like people, and your veterinarian will tell you what to signs to keep an out of for. It is common for cats to be lethargic, and sometimes tender near the injection site the next day.
Are checkups still recommendeded if my dog is up-to-date on all vaccines?
A physical examination is performed with all vaccination appointments; if your pet is not currently due for vaccines we still recommend an annual check up exam. An annual exam and thorough history is one of the most important tools in our diagnostic toolbox. Even if your pet is healthy a physical exam will allow us to evaluate them for subtle changes and early detection is the key to successful outcomes and prolongs the length and quality of life for our pets.
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 902.826.9344. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!
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 Sunday: 9:00 am - 7:00 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. At this time, we are only accepting credit card and debit card payments. No cash.
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 Tantallon Veterinary Hospital