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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Cat Vaccinations

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.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

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.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-857-5057. 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. 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.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Instead, we are taking payments 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.

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 North Hill Animal Hospital