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.
We love our cat patients here at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital. Coming to the Vet can be a scary experience for your cat. They are put in a carrier, driven in a car, and then brought into a place where there are frequently barking dogs. All of this can cause a huge amount of stress for your cat. In the interest of being a Fear Free clinic, we offer a special, off the ground, holding shelf for carriers in our waiting room, for our cat patients. Cats like to be off the ground, and this can help them relax while giving them a full bird’s eye view of the waiting room. Our designated cat exam room is equipped with a Feliway diffuser (Feliway helps to comfort your cat by mimicking natural feline pheromones), and Feliway sprayed towels.
Yes. All domesticated animals, regardless of whether or not they go outside, are required by law to have their Rabies vaccination done. It is due to the Rabies virus being transmittable to humans.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
FVRCP is a combination vaccine and protects your cat from serious, life-threatening diseases. The FVRCP vaccination is an important part of your cat’s routine. It prevents three potentially deadly airborne viruses: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia. Rhinotracheitis is triggered by the common feline herpes virus. Panleukopenia is also known as distemper and is easily spread from one cat to another. Rabies is the other core vaccination that will be given to your cat.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
Once your cat has reached adulthood and has had their adult vaccines (usually given around 16 months) Their Rabies vaccine will not need to be redone for the next 3 years, and the FVRCP vaccine will not require being done again until after 4 years.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
As with any drug or medication, there is always a small risk of an allergic reaction to a vaccination. These reactions can range from mild to very serious. At Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, take your pet’s health very seriously and will do everything possible to counteract any such reactions and plan ahead for future vaccines.
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 us. 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 and debit 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 to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 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 Westbridge Veterinary Hospital