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 Oakbank Animal Hospital, we offer the most current advice on preventative health care, including the right vaccinations for your cat. Our veterinarians will work with you to put together the right vaccine program that is not only essential for your cat’s overall health but also appropriate for your cat’s age, lifestyle and travel needs.
Indoor cats may not require the same vaccines as outdoor cats, but it is still important that they get the best possible chance at building a strong immune system. Although they are not being exposed to viruses outside, indoor cats can still be vulnerable to viruses entering your home. It can also be hard to predict if your cat will stay an indoor cat in the future or if you will be adding more cats to your home in the future which can pose a threat. Vaccine protocols can be modified as their lifestyle changes.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
The FVRCP vaccine or “core” vaccine for cats consists of Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia and Calicivirus for indoor cats and Feline Leukemia Virus vaccine is added for outdoor cats. These core vaccines are boostered annually. The Rabies vaccine requires administration every 3 years once your cat has received two Rabies vaccines consecutively.
Are there risks associated with cat vaccines?
There are always risks with any vaccine. However, the benefits to vaccinating your kitten/cats far outweigh the risks. Some of these risks can include minor adverse effects such as a swelling at the injection site, vomiting, fever and/or diarrhea. More severe reactions, although rare, can include anaphylaxis. If you think your cat has developed a vaccine associate reaction, please let your veterinarian know.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are still providing the same excellent patient care that we always have, but with some changes 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
Clients are now able to enter the hospital with their pets for their appointments. We ask that clients wait in the reception area while the doctor and their assistant perform the exam in the designated exam room. After the appointment, the doctor will come out and talk to the client in the waiting area.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method. Debit will be accepted if needed.
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 to Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Note: After-hour emergency services are available for regular equine patients only. All other patients with after-hours emergencies, please contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre at (204) 452-0911.
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!