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 can receive their first vaccinations at 8 weeks of age.
How often do my kittens need vaccines?
Kittens receive a series of vaccinations over 3 sets that occur at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks of age. Kittens receive maternal antibodies from their mother through nursing that may inhibit the effectiveness of the vaccine, therefore, boosting the vaccine at multiple intervals will prime the immune system and overcome this issue.
Does my kitten need only core vaccines?
Core vaccinations include feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia and rabies virus. If your kitten will be an outdoor kitten or is likely to escape, we recommend that they are vaccinated as well for the feline leukemia virus, which they may pick up from contact with other cats.
Are there any risk associated with vaccines?
Any vaccine has the potential to cause a vaccine reaction, however, they are not common. These can include but are not limited to lethargy, inappetence, vomiting, diarrhea, hives, neuropathies and rarely anaphylaxis. In rare cases, a tumour called fibrosarcoma may develop at the injection site. However, this has been found to develop in only specific individuals who are genetically predisposed to form these tumours, secondary to any type of infection or inflammation.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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 416-752-5114. 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. Cash will not be accepted at this time.
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: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!