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.
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.
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.
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