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.
Vaccinations are an important part of your cat’s yearly preventative care. Core vaccinations for cats include rabies and FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia). We also offer vaccination for Feline Leukemia, a serious immune disease that can be contracted from scratches and bites of other cats. This vaccine is highly recommended for any cat that spends any time outdoors or is in contact with other cats.
Yes, even indoor cats should be up to date on their core vaccines. Rabies vaccinations are required by law for all pets regardless if they are indoor only. A viral and bacterial disease can still be a risk for your indoor cat as well. They can be brought into the household on people or other animals.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
Core vaccines for cats include rabies and the FVRCP vaccine. The FVRCP vaccine provides vaccination for Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. These diseases can all be contracted from direct or indirect contact with other felines.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
Adult cats need to be vaccinated yearly. It also provided an opportunity for a yearly physical exam.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
There are no known risks to annual vaccination. Vaccinations can prevent several serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.
We will now see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.
Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:
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 us.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the hospital.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you wish to remain in your car during the appointment, when you call to inform us of your arrival, 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".
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.
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.
Merritt Animal Hospital: Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dresden Veterinary Clinic: Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday: Closed
Sydenham River Veterinary Office: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!