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.
Vaccines are an easy and effective way to protect our feline patients from serious and common diseases found out in the environment. There are a variety of vaccinations available that protect against an array of diseases.
Yes, your indoor cat does need to be vaccinated. Vaccinating your cat against Rabies is mandated by law even if your cat does not go outside. Humans are able to bring disease in on their shoes and outerwear that could make your cat sick.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
FVRCP stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. These are 3 viral diseases that can make your cat very sick and it is considered core. The vaccine against Rabies is also considered core.
If your cat goes outside, Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) vaccine should also be considered core.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
To ensure your cat is healthy, a yearly physical examination with a doctor should be performed alongside yearly booster and Rabies vaccines.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
The most common side effects seen after vaccination in cats is lethargy and decreased appetite. Some cats may feel a little sore for 24 hours following administration of a vaccine.
There are reports of tumor formation (vaccine-associated sarcoma) with the use of certain types of vaccines that have an adjuvant. Here at Seneca Animal Clinic, we use a non-adjuvanted type of vaccine for cats with studies that demonstrate the least amount of vaccine associated tumor formation.
As your pet gets older, they need to get regular check-ups with your vet to make sure they are fit and healthy. Senior pets are more likely to have health issues, and monitoring with routine check-ups and bloodwork is a perfect way of keeping ahead of any illness.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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 & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!