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

Vaccinations allow for pre-emptive protection from diseases that can be fatal if transmitted. Vaccines work by introducing small amounts of killed or weakened antigens from a virus or bacterium into your pet. Instead of making your cat sick, they stimulate your pet’s immune system to produce antibodies, which your pet uses to fight infection if ever faced with it.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?


Cats that live indoors are not safe from what could potentially be carried in on clothes or by other animals entering the home. The Feline Leukemia virus vaccine is not necessary for indoor cats, but it is not the same case for the Rabies and upper respiratory vaccine.

What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?


Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia vaccine covers highly contagious and potentially fatal diseases that your cat can contract from the environment.

How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?


The length of time a vaccine lasts varies with the vaccine given.

Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?


The most likely side effects you will see in your cat after vaccines are lethargy, decreased appetite and tender to touch at the injection site. More adverse effects include facial swelling, vomiting and diarrhea. If your pet seems to be having any of reaction after having vaccines, always consult our veterinarian.

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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: Monday, May 11, 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 204.253.2668. We will take a history over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the exam is complete, we will give you a call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return to your vehicle. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way! Note: the door will be locked. Please distance away from the entrance and a member of our team will greet you.

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

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm 
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

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 and take payment over the phone.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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.

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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital