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.
Vaccinations are your cat’s first line of defence against harmful viruses. Keeping your pet on the core vaccination schedule will help control the spread of these viruses while protecting your cat’s health.
Keeping your cat indoors is an excellent way to protect them from many sources of harm, but even indoor cats are at risk of catching certain diseases. These diseases can be prevented with vaccination. At a minimum, your indoor cat should be vaccinated with the FVRCP (feline distemper) vaccine. This combination vaccine protects against the very severe Distemper infection, as well as two types of viruses that cause upper respiratory illness. These upper respiratory viruses are very hardy and easy to catch. They can be carried into your home on your clothing, or your cat could contract it from sniffing another cat through a screened window. The FVPCR vaccine protects your cat from these infections for up to three years.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
FVRCP is a combination vaccine that covers the following diseases: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. Cats can receive other core vaccines such as Rabies and Feline Leukemia, dependent on their history and lifestyle.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
Adult cats require an examination annually to ensure they are healthy and are not showing any early signs of disease. Vaccination will be given every 1 – 3 years depending on your cat’s lifestyle and risk level.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
Just like people some cats can react to the ingredients in a vaccine. Your veterinarian will let you know what signs and symptoms to watch for and what precautions you should take if any problems come up. It is common for a cat to be slightly lethargic or have minor pain at the injection site.
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 902-477-4040. 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.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.
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.
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 Spryfield Animal Hospital