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.
At Fairview Animal Hospital, vaccines are routinely advocated for all cats. With vaccine risk assessments with our veterinarians, we can determine what vaccines are best suited for your cat depending on their lifestyle.
We recommend all cats be vaccinated, including indoor cats as it helps protect their immune system against diseases that they could come in contact even if they are indoors only. Continued vaccination means that if your cat is exposed to any of the upper respiratory virus, they are more likely just to have a mild cold and not end up truly sick.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
At Fairview Animal Hospital, our core vaccine is feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia or FVRCP for short. Other vaccines that we offer and give depending on the cat’s lifestyle is Feline Leukemia (FeLv) and Rabies vaccine.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
FVRCP needs to be boostered one year after their last kitten vaccine then is boostered every 3 years after that. FeLV is boostered at a year after previous kitten vaccine and is then boostered every 2 years. Rabies vaccine is boostered a year after last kitten vaccine then is boostered every 3 years after that.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
There are very few risks to vaccination. You may notice your cat has a temporary loss of appetite or is less lively a day or two after a vaccination, but this should resolve within 24-48 hours. Very rarely, cats may be allergic to one or more components of the vaccine and have more serious side effects such as difficulty in breathing, vomiting or diarrhea. If these signs occur, let us know immediately. A rare form of soft tissue sarcoma has been associated with a reaction to vaccine or vaccine components in a very small number of cats.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
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 902.443.9385. One of our staff members will obtain a history either via phone or from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return your pet to you outside once the veterinarian discusses a recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN but are now working with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday 10am-7pm; and Saturdays from 10am - 2pm
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 take payment over the phone and place the items in a pickup bin located just outside our front doors.
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.