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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!