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.


Cat Vaccinations

As pet parents, we need to ensure that our indoor and outdoor cats are protected from disease as much as possible. Rabies is a real threat in our area so now more than ever, we encourage you to protect your pets from rabies and other spreadable diseases.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

Rabies vaccination is required by law for all pets residing in Canada. Additionally, cats’ lifestyles can change over time so it is important to keep vaccinations up to date so the immune system “remembers” different viruses and respond quickly to a “challenge”. All it takes is one escape out the back door unfortunately.

What is FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?

FVRCP is an acronym for the 3 main viruses included in core cat vaccines. FVR is feline viral rhinotracheitis (herpes virus), C is for calicivirus and P is for panleukopenia.

How often does my adult cat need vaccination?

Once a cat reaches two years old, FVRCP and rabies can be given every 3 years. However, vaccination for feline leukemia is generally more frequent and dependant on lifestyle. An individual vaccination protocol will be determined with your veterinarian during your cat’s annual health and wellness examination

Are there any risk associated with vaccines?

Most cats and kittens experience no side effects at all. A small percentage may act mildly lethargic (tired) for a day or two after immunization and then bounce right back. Serious side effects are extremely rare.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm

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 bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

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 jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Briarwood Animal Hospital