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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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Last updated: October 21, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to high numbers of COVID-19 and recent changes to restrictions, we will be returning to a full closed door policy effective Monday October 26th.

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

a) With the exception of euthanasia, clients will no longer be able to accompany their pets into the hospital for their appointment. Appointments will be conducted over the phone.

b) Parking stall signs will be placed in front of each parking stall giving direction on how to proceed once you arrive.  When arriving for an appointment we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call us at 204-253-2668 to check in, we will provide further information on next steps.

c) When picking up food or medication please TEXT your last name, pets name and stall# to 431-400-7822.  This information will be on the parking stall signage.

d) In order to further decrease traffic we encourage you to purchase your pet food and non-prescription supplies online using our online store (direct access to the online store is also available on our website).  Your purchase will be shipped directly to your home.  Orders over $100 ship for free!

e) Prescriptions and in clinic purchases of food and supplies must be pre-ordered.

f) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & E-Transfer).

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 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