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.
The Airdrie Animal Health Centre is committed to maintaining your cat’s health. Vaccinating your cat is an essential aspect of providing preventative health care and keeping them in top form. Regular vaccinations help prime your cat’s immune system to build up an effective response to diseases, thereby mitigating or preventing infection.
The vaccines that your cat needs will depend on their lifestyle. We recommend all cats receive the FVRCP core vaccine- a vaccine that protects against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus and Feline Panleukopenia. We also suggest that all feline friends receive the Feline Rabies vaccination. The other vaccine we offer, the Feline Leukemia vaccine, may only be necessary if your cat is spending time outdoors or if you are introducing a new cat into your household, as it is only spread from feline to feline, within their saliva.
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we recommend your feline friend is vaccinated yearly when they come in for their annual preventative health exam. In adult cats, we offer an annual FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus and Feline Panleukopenia) core vaccine as well as an annual Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats. The rabies vaccine that we offer for mature cats only has to be given once every three years. Once vaccinated with our clinic, your pet will be updated in our system, automatically reminding you when your cat is due for vaccines making it easier for you to keep track of your pet’s preventative health care.
Are there any risk associated with cat vaccines?
The vaccines administered to cats are safe vaccines. The only concerns that may arise when vaccinating a cat would be allergic reactions to the vaccine and these types of reactions are rare and usually mild. The beneficial preventative immunity that develops from inoculating your cat with vaccines grossly outweighs any risk of having a vaccine reaction.
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.
1. We are currently operating a "closed door" policy to protect our clients and staff. This means that clients will not be allowed to enter the building. When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 403-948-2733. Our staff will come to you to collect your animal for their appointment. If you do not have a phone, or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.
2. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
3. At this time, appointments will only be booked when medically necessary. Any non-urgent appointment requests will be temporarily postponed. If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, please proceed directly to McKnight 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital at 5010 – 4th Street NE, Calgary, AB and call 403-457-0911 to alert them of your arrival.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, credit cards are the preferred payment method. Debit cannot be accepted over the phone, but is available at time of pick up if ABSOLUTELY necessary. We will not be able to accept cash.
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 Airdrie Animal Health Centre