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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 6, 2020, one client per appointment will be allowed into the hospital. Below are 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 remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. We will then meet you at the door to allow one owner and your pet into the hospital for your appointment. We ask that you bring a mask to wear a mask (medical or non-medical) for the duration of your appointment and maintain physical distance from staff. There are floor stickers to guide you throughout the clinic.
Contactless appointments, where clients remain outside, are still available.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Sunday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Tantallon Veterinary Hospital