Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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 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. NEW PET OWNERS
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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday & 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 Airdrie Animal Health Centre