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 a crucial part of your pet’s health. Some of the most serious diseases, which can be fatal, can be prevented by simple vaccination. We believe in tailoring your pet’s vaccinations to their individual lifestyles. Rabies is the vaccine required by law, but other vaccinations will be discussed during the visit.
Yes, indoor cats still need to be vaccinated. When they come into the hospital or are boarded, they are potentially at risk if their vaccines have lapsed or they potentially could be bringing an illness into the hospital. Rabies is required by law, and sometimes bats have been found flying indoors. If your cat were to get loose, they also should be protected.
What is FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?
Core vaccinations are considered those necessary for all cats. Rabies and FVRCP are the core vaccines for cats. The FVRCP vaccine is a combination vaccine for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis Calicivirus Panleukopenia. This complex of diseases is often tied together and affect the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems. Signs of these viruses can be non-specific and include sneezing, eye discharge, vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, oral ulcers, and a fever to name a few.
How often does my adult cat need vaccination?
After your cat’s initial set of vaccines as a kitten, they will be due for their FVRCP vaccine every three years. At just over a year of age, they will get their second Rabies vaccination which we give every three years. The Feline Leukemia vaccine is on a 2-year interval. In some years, your cat may not be due for vaccination, but an annual examination is always recommended.
Are there any risk associated with vaccines?
Vaccine reactions are extremely rare, and a significant majority of cats do not have any issues. There may be some self-limiting pain at the injection site that tends to go away in a couple of days.
Have you been to the dentist and received local freezing? If so, then you have had a dental nerve block. Most dental procedures produce strong sensory stimuli to the point that it affects the amount of general anesthetic required and a painful recovery.
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 policies were updated on Tuesday April 7, 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 613-542-7337. 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 to Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. We accept credit card and debit card.
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 Kingston Veterinary Clinic