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 one of the greatest modern medical discoveries; they allow for pre-emptive protection from diseases that can be fatal if transmitted. Vaccines work by introducing small amounts of weakened antigens from a virus or bacterium into your pet. Instead of making your pet sick, they stimulate your pet’s immune system to produce antibodies, which your pet’s body uses to fight infection. When your pet encounters the real virus or bacteria in the environment, his or her body recognizes these antigens and summons antibodies much more quickly to fight infection. Your veterinarian can discuss the appropriate vaccine protocol for your pet with you at your pet’s yearly general health exam.
If your cat is strictly indoors only, they do not have to receive leukemia or the rabies vaccine. If you have any questions about whether or not your cat will be at a higher risk of these diseases, your veterinarian can discuss the options with you. Although your indoor cat is at minimal risk for these common diseases, it is still recommended to vaccinate them with, at the very least, the core feline vaccine.
What are FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?
The FVRCP vaccine is a combination vaccine and contains Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia vaccines. This vaccine is often given with the Feline Leukemia Virus vaccine. These vaccines are known at our “core” vaccines for cats.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
The core feline vaccine and the rabies vaccine should be boosted 1 year after your cat received its kitten series of vaccinations. After that 1-year booster, the vaccines are given every 3 years thereafter.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
There are always risks with any vaccines however the benefits to vaccinating your feline typically outweigh the risks. Some of these risks can include minor adverse effects such as a delayed localized tissue reaction (such as a small lump under the skin), vomiting, fever and or diarrhea. More severe reactions, although rare, can include anaphylaxis.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
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.
Last updated: Monday, May 25, 2020
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. Please bring a cell phone to your appointment. If you don't have a cell phone, please let us know and we will email you a history form to fill out prior to your appointment. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.374.1485. Be prepared to wait in your vehicle until our exam room is ready for your visit. Our team will arrange to meet you at the front door or at your vehicle. Please transfer your pet without any accoutrements (no clothing, toys, or other accessories). All cats must come in carriers. The doctor will call you on your cell phone to discuss the treatment plan.
2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up. Thank you for your understanding!
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.
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 Kamloops Veterinary Clinic