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.

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Cat Vaccinations

Vaccinating our cat populations have greatly reduced the incidence of serious disease. We follow AAHA guidelines, giving core vaccines to all our patients. There are additional vaccines that may be warranted based on lifestyle to aid in the prevention of serious disease. These options are discussed with pet owners. Our goal is informed owners and healthy pets.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

Our veterinarians do recommend vaccines for all cats, whether strictly indoors or going outdoors as well. As pet parents, we can inadvertently bring home a virus to our indoor only pets when visiting other pet-owning friends and family, going to the pet store, veterinary clinic or any other pet-friendly location. There is a by-law in Brantford requiring all pets, outdoors or not, be vaccinated for rabies. Our veterinary team can discuss all the vaccines with you at your appointment.

What is FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?

Core vaccinations include rabies and FVRCP – feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia. These are initially administered within a year and then the FVRCP is on a 3-year rotating schedule, while the rabies vaccine is administered yearly.
The FeLV, feline leukemia virus vaccine, is recommended for any cats that will be going outdoors or will have contact with outdoor cats. The FeLV vaccine is considered a non-core vaccine and is boosted annually.

How often does my adult cat need vaccinations?

Our veterinarians follow all AAHA guidelines in regards to vaccinations for cats. Currently and with proper boosters, we vaccinate our feline friends against rabies on a yearly basis, while the FVRCP vaccine is given every 3 years.

If your cat’s lifestyle shows a need for the FeLV vaccine, then that is also administered on a yearly basis.

Are there any risks 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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 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 519-759-3031. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Sunday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(Pre-booked tech appointments only).

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, 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. 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.

7. 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 Park Road Veterinary Clinic