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.
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.
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.
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