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.
Ah, kittens! You just can’t help falling in love with their cute faces and “mews.” Our veterinary team would be happy to answer any questions you may have about your new fluffy friend. We will help you navigate through the busy and sometimes confusing first year of kittenhood. With everything from vaccines, to behaviour issues, to food and everything in between. Our team is here to assist you with all your kitten needs and questions.
Our veterinary team recommends that kittens start their vaccine series at about 8 weeks of age. While they are nursing, the kittens will have some maternal antibodies, but once they are weaned, those antibodies start to wear off and the kitten’s immune system needs to be “reminded” to work.
How often does my kitten need vaccines?
Our veterinarians recommend kittens receive a series of 3 vaccines usually done at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age.
Does my kitten need only core vaccines?
Our veterinarians recommend all kittens receive their kitten series vaccines at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age, along with full boosters 1 year later. After this, your kitten, or cat, will be given the rabies vaccine yearly and the FVRCP vaccine will be administered every 3 years. If your cat’s lifestyle warrants the FeLV vaccine as well, then this will be administered yearly also.
Are there any risk associated with vaccines?
While most of our cat patients rarely have any side effects from their vaccines, there are the occasional ones that will pop up. Most commonly reported would be lethargy, occasionally some vomiting or diarrhea and, much more rarely, a small lump at the site the vaccine(s) was given.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some 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 519-759-3031. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online 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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Park Road Veterinary Clinic