Cat getting a vaccination

Cat Vaccinations

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.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

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.


Dog thinking about ticks and fleas

Year-round protection means more peace of mind!

“Tick season” used to mean spring/summer/fall, with a break over the winter – the colder weather meant that we could take a break from worrying about these pesky bugs and the diseases they can transmit. But in the last few years, we’ve seen a change creeping up on us, with the weather staying warm later into the season, and spring arriving earlier each year – and the bugs are loving it! You may have already heard us talking about how any day that the temperature is above the freezing point, ticks are potentially active. This past year, we had days above 0°C in all 12 months! Ticks aren’t killed by the cold, they simply go dormant, waiting until it’s warm enough to come back out – so last year, even January and February had days warm enough for ticks to be active! This means that we are now recommending that all dogs (and cats that go outdoors) take advantage of year-round flea and tick protection. There are several options, our first choice being an all-in-one that protects against fleas, ticks, and heartworm, as well as providing regular deworming against roundworms. One pill, once a month – what could be simpler? If your pet is already on a monthly preventative, all you need to do is pick up a refill and continue throughout the winter months. If your pet hasn’t yet started on comprehensive parasite prevention, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have and set you up with the best option for your pet. What does this mean for testing? The 4DX test that we recommend most commonly screens for heartworm disease, Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes (so every dog in Ontario is potentially at risk – at Westbridge we treat a few cases every year!), and the others are all transmitted via tick bites. We have seen an increase in Lyme-positive dogs in the last few years, one of the reasons we are recommending some of these changes. For better early detection and the safety of your pet, we are recommending annual 4DX testing for all dogs. This simple blood test can be done at any time, although the optimal time is in the spring. Catching disease early is key to successful treatment – and no matter how careful you are with preventative medications, there is always some risk of infection. As always, our veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians are available to answer any questions you may have about the best options for your pet. Email us at info@westbridgevet.com, or call us at 905-285-0002

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Last updated: December 17, 2020

Dear Clients,

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.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



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


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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