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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. 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, 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 in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. When the doctor is ready for your appointment, a staff member will come out and let you know.
We are happy to say that as of July 14th, we are now able to allow ONE member of your household to accompany your pet inside for their examination, as long as you bring a mask of your own to wear while inside the clinic.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
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 ARE BACK TO NORMAL
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic