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.

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Cats – When Should Your Cat See a Veterinarian?

Annual Physical Exams

Cats tend to hide their illnesses in the early stages. A veterinarian can detect signs of disease and treat or prevent problems from progressing. You should take your cat to your veterinarian at least once a year for a complete physical examination.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations help protect your cat from severe and/or fatal diseases. Kittens should be vaccinated at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. Afterwards, cats receive yearly boosters. Vaccinations cost considerably less than the treatments for the diseases cats are vaccinated against. All cats should be vaccinated-even indoor cats!

Spaying & Neutering

Ontario animal shelters and rescue groups are overwhelmed with the number of unwanted kittens and cats. Every year, thousands of cats are humanely destroyed because of overpopulation. A female cat can have 2–4 litters a year, with an average litter size of 2-6 kittens. The average age recommended to have your cat spayed or neutered is six months old.

Some signs that should cause you to seek veterinary attention for your cat:

  • Straining in the litterbox
  • Eliminating outside the litterbox
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive Coughing/Sneezing
  • Lameness/Limping
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Seizures
  • Sudden Blindness
  • Unusual Vocalizing
  • Not Eating for 2 -3 Days
  • Drinking more than usual
  • Weight loss
  • Any unusual behaviour for your pet

Call us today to book your cat an appointment!

Written by Dr. Adam Mahovlich, DVM

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 519.631.0430. 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.

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 Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, & Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 Elgin Animal Hospital