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.
Vaccinations are an essential part of being a responsible cat owner. Many diseases we see cats for are easily prevented by being fully vaccinated. It is especially important to vaccinate kittens because their immune system is a lot weaker than an adult cat. Call us today to book an appointment for a health exam and vaccination for your kitten.
Kittens need their first vaccine around nine weeks old. Before the nine-week mark, they still have antibodies from their mother’s milk and her antibodies. Nine weeks is when they start building their own antibodies.
How often does my kitten need to be vaccinated?
After your kitten’s first vaccine at nine weeks, they will need to booster that vaccine in three to four weeks. After that, they need a yearly annual vaccine. We also do a full health exam every year to keep your pet as healthy as possible.
Does my kitten only need core vaccines?
Another vaccine offered for cats is the rabies vaccine. If an unvaccinated cat comes into contact with a suspected animal that it infected, this could be fatal for your pet, especially because humans can also contract the rabies virus. If the cat goes outside, you should consider this vaccine. Even if the cat does not go out, having the vaccine can be a reassurance if the cat accidentally gets outside and comes into contact with an infected animal (or if one were to get into your house). Call the clinic today with any questions about vaccines.
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