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.
Vaccines are our best defence against a number of potentially fatal pathogens. For this reason, there are several vaccines we offer to reduce the chance of infection. Our primary vaccine given to all cats is FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia). We also offer the Leukemia vaccine as well as the Rabies vaccine, which is typically given based on lifestyle.
Yes, it is recommended that indoor cats still receive the FVRCP vaccine every 1-3 years (depending on the brand of vaccine used). It is also recommended to vaccinate indoor cats against rabies.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
FVRCP is considered the core vaccines which all cats should receive. It protects against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus, both viruses that cause upper respiratory infections in cats, as well as Panleukopenia, a virus that significantly suppresses the immune system and causes severe gastrointestinal disease.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
As long as the kitten series has been completed, indoor adult cats are usually vaccinated every 3 years. Outdoor cats are vaccinated against feline leukemia annually.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
Any vaccine carries the potential to trigger an allergic reaction. With that said, vaccine reactions are very uncommon. Some clinics will separate vaccines to reduce the risk of vaccine reaction. In the past, certain rare tumours have been linked to additives in vaccines. It has changed the way we administer vaccines to cats (using the limbs rather than between the shoulder blades).
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
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.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 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 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
3. 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital