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.
We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our staff and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.
The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. If you have travelled outside Canada or come in contact with anyone who has travelled outside Canada in the past 3 weeks, or if you are feeling unwell, (coughing, fever, fatigue, etc.), please contact our clinic. We will be more than happy to reschedule your appointment or help arrange to see your pet safely.
2. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905-285-0002. We will take a history by phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet and you will get another call from the Doctor to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
3. 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.
4. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm & Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.
5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 4-6 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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle.
6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Westbridge Veterinary Hospital