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.

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Kitten Vaccinations

Vaccines will help protect your kitten against several serious diseases. For this reason, vaccines are a critical component of your kitten’s preventative health care plan.

When do kittens get their first shots?

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.

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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 Monday, March 23, 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 416-752-5114. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 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 and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. 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.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 McLean Animal Hospital