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.
Kittens do receive some immunity from their mom then it is up to us to continue building their immune system. During your first visit, we will not only do a complete physical exam and vaccines but you will also benefit from a nutritional and behavioural consult. Don’t hesitate to ask us anything!
Kittens usually receive their first vaccine around the age of 8 weeks. We generally recommend kittens stay with their “mom” until that time.
How often do my kittens need vaccines?
Kittens are usually vaccinated at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. This helps to ensure they are fully protected.
Does my kitten need only core vaccines?
The core vaccines for kittens are FVRCP and rabies. Feline leukemia is recommended for kittens as well. Each year your cat’s lifestyle will be assessed to determine the vaccine program specifically tailored to your pet.
Are there any risks associated with vaccines?
While most kittens do not experience side effects, the most common side effect they may experience is sleepiness. This only occurs in a small percentage. It is rare that a kitten has a severe reaction. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to call.
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 905-664-4888. 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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital