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.
Vaccines help prevent cats from becoming sick and therefore, saves you money. Antibodies are natural defense mechanisms that cats use to fight infection. Vaccines help cats to make more of these antibodies. We at North Hill Animal Hospital, vaccinate cats based on the risk each cat has for picking up a certain disease. All cats should be vaccinated against rabies. This protects them and your whole family against this deadly disease. Cats also need to be vaccinated against the “core” group of disease, which they can get from interacting with other cats. In addition, your outdoor cat should be vaccinated against feline leukemia. The team at North Hill Animal Hospital will be happy to help you decide which vaccines are appropriate for your feline friend.
The simple answer is yes. All pets have the risk of being exposed to rabies since outdoor animals can and do find their way into some homes (like bats). Other concerns to consider are nose to nose contact with a screen and the possibility that your cat may escape outdoors. It only takes one interaction with an infected cat outdoors to put your pet at risk.
What is FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?
Core vaccine for felines is a combo vaccine that protects again feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. These are all common viruses that can affect cats.
How often does my adult cat need vaccination?
A cat needs to have rabies 2 consecutive years, then it becomes 3-year vaccines, they need core 3 consecutive years and then that vaccine becomes a 3-year vaccine. Feline leukemia virus vaccine is an annual vaccination.
Are there any risk associated with vaccines?
With any vaccine, there is a chance of a reaction. It is important to discuss vaccine reactions with any patient that is receiving a vaccine for the first time.
How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. 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, heartworm testing, 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 outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 905.857.5057. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at North Hill Animal Hospital