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.

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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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Dear Clients,

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

a) Only 1 family member may accompany the pet in the appointment.

b) You must wear a mask while in the hospital. If you do not have one we can provide you one for a $2 donation to our OSCAR fund.

c) You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry.

d) You must maintain a 6-foot distance from team members.

e) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & Debit).

f) Upon arrival, please call us (204-253-2668) from your vehicle, and we will provide direction as our waiting room still remains closed, and our doors locked. If you do not have a cell phone you may ring the doorbell and wait by the "Please Wait Here" sign.

g) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.

If you prefer not to be present for your pet's appointment and would prefer us to conduct the appointment via telephone please let us know.

In addition to the above-mentioned protocols we are screening all clients for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to protect our clients and team members.

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

OPERATING HOURS

We are 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


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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital