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.
Annual vaccines are an essential part of responsible pet ownership. These vaccines are key to preventing diseases and extending your pet’s life. Having our animals up to date on vaccines is one of the simplest ways to help ensure a longer, healthier life. Many types of vaccines cover various kinds of diseases.
We always recommend vaccinating all cats, even indoor cats. Indoors cats can have a weaker immune system because they are often not exposed to the diseases outside. Some respiratory diseases can even be carried into your house on your clothes or shoes. Even though there is only a small chance of contracting rabies for an indoor cat, there can always be incidents where your cat gets outside or an infected animal (ex. bats) gets inside your house. If this happens and your pet comes into contact with a rabid animal, it can be fatal.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
FVRCP stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. These are the diseases we vaccinate against in our core vaccine. Feline leukemia is not a core vaccine, but it is important for kittens and any cats that go outside.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
Adult cats need to be vaccinated with the core vaccine annually. In this appointment, we will do the vaccine, a full head-to-toe health exam and a deworming. Our rabies vaccine works a little differently. When you get the first vaccine, you need to booster this vaccine the following year. It needs to be done before the calendar date of the first vaccine. If the booster is done on time, then the vaccine becomes due every three years. If the booster vaccine is not done within the year, the vaccine is only good for one more year.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
There are rare cases of cats having reactions to the vaccines. This is why it is important to closely monitor your cat for 12-24 hours after they receive their vaccine. Some symptoms are pain and swelling at the injection site, facial swelling, trouble breathing or vomiting. If any of these signs occur, please call our clinic right away.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 780-539-0636. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 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. 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.
6. 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.
- Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre North