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Cat Vaccinations

Vaccinations are important to help your cat live a long and healthy life. Just as in people, they help build an immune response in your cat and prevent them from becoming ill.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

Yes, all indoor cats should be vaccinated. An up-to-date rabies vaccination is required by law to your pet and public health. Although rabies is not common in our companion animals, it still exists in the wildlife population. Indoor cats should also receive the FVRCP vaccine, to prevent severe herpes outbreaks in times of stress or illness.

What is FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?

FVRCP is a short form of a vaccine for 3 viruses that include rhinotracheitis (herpes), calicivirus and panleukopenia. This vaccine is considered a core vaccine that all cats should receive, along with rabies.

How often does my adult cat need vaccination?

We recommend that an adult cat have the FVRCP vaccine given every 3 years and rabies is given annually.

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 tumor 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 tumors secondary to any type of infection or inflammation.

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Last updated: July 28, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


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!

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital