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Vaccines

It is important to vaccinate your cat, as there are many contractible diseases which can cause serious illness or fatality. The vaccines administered to your cat are dead viruses, which elicit the body’s immune response to produce the proper antibodies against the disease.

Does my indoor need to be vaccinated?


Yes! Indoor cats are just as susceptible to disease as outdoor cats. Not only is there a chance your indoor cat could get outside and be exposed to other animals and pathogens, they could also end up in a shelter, where risk is drastically increased. Some viruses are airborne or can be carried into the home on clothes, shoes and other animals. Cats can also at risk of contracting Rabies from bats or other pests which may enter the home. The common occurrence of lifestyle changes or periods of increased stress can lower the immune system, increasing your cat’s risk of becoming ill. This is an important factor, as there will likely be many changes within your household throughout your cat’s lifetime.

What are the vaccines for cats?


FVRCPC-FLK-R stands for feline Rhinotracheitis-Calicivirus-panleukopenia-coronavirus, feline leukemia and Rabies.

Rhinotracheitis: a respiratory virus which most cats are exposed to, presents with sneezing, runny eyes. Effects can be more severe, compromising the immune system, causing nasal cavity damage and escalating to pneumonia.

Calicivirus: a pathogen which affects the respiratory system and can lead to the development of ulcers, vasculitis and pneumonia. It is transmitted through direct contact, saliva and nasal secretions.

Panleukopenia: a virus similar to distemper, meaning it is highly contagious and symptoms are severe. This virus typically presents with vomiting, diarrhea and can be fatal.

Coronavirus (FIP): also known as feline infectious peritonitis, is a virus shed in feces and can be contracted through inhalation or ingestion. This virus causes fever, lethargy, weight loss and an accumulation of fluid in both the chest and abdominal cavities. This virus progresses fast and is typically fatal.

Feline Leukemia: a virus transmitted through direct contact, bodily fluids, urine and feces. Symptoms include enlarged lymph nodes, weight loss, lethargy, fever and jaundice. This virus is incurable once contracted, severely weaken the immune system and is eventually fatal.

Rabies: a virus which affects the nervous system, is incurable and always fatal. Vaccinating your cat against Rabies is required by law in Ontario.

How often does my cat need to be vaccinated?


Your cat needs to be vaccinated on a yearly basis. If you cat falls behind, they will likely need a booster vaccine four weeks after the initial vaccine to boost the immune system.

Are there risks associated with cat vaccines?


As with any medical procedure, there are risks. However, the risks associated with vaccines are far less than the risk your cat has by not being vaccinated. After being vaccinated, you may notice your cat has a decreased appetite, is a bit lethargic, and has swelling at the injection site. You cat may also spike a small fever, as their body works to create the new antibodies. These side effects should last between one and three days.

More severe reactions are typically a result of an allergic reaction. These include hives, swelling of the eyes/lips/neck, weakness, vomiting and collapse. In this situation, your veterinarian needs to be notified for an evaluation and then will determine if vaccines need to be separated in future or if the risk is too high and your cat should not be vaccinated again.

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Last updated: December 23, 2021

Dear Clients,

With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in our region, we are temporarily moving back to curbside service, with no pet parents in the building during appointments. Our top priority here at Elgin Animal Hospital is the ongoing health and safety of our clients, their pets, and our dedicated team members that serve you and the community. Our goal is to remain open in order to provide necessary care for your pets. In order to do this, we need to keep our team healthy and do our best to minimize exposure.

Here is what you can expect:

Appointments

  • When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 519-631-0430 to let us know you are here
  • Our Reception Team will let you know when we are ready for you, and ask you to come in the appointment door
  • A staff member will meet you just inside the vestibule to take the patient into the hospital for their appointment
  • Our Veterinarian will communicate with you via phone call - so please be sure to bring your cellphone to your appointment!
  • We have payment over the phone for credit cards, or a portable debit machine can be brought to the vestibule if needed
  • Food & Medication Pick Up

  • Will continue safely via the food/med pick-up door Come in the door on your right -- no need to call when you arrive
  • We are highly recommending our clients sign up for myVETstore for purchasing food for their pets
  • We also ask that you please call in your pet's medication & food refills 3-5 days in advance as we are experiencing some shipment delays once again
  • These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. We are constantly analyzing our day-to-day actions and we appreciate your patience. We will continue to implement procedures that are in the best interest of both you, our clients and our staff.

    If you are not feeling well in any way, or if you have interacted with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 we ask that you stay isolated and do not visit us at the clinic. If your pet needs medical attention please have a family member or friend bring in your pet or pick up your prescriptions or food.

    Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (519) 631-0430. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

    - Your dedicated team at Elgin Animal Hospital