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. Open 7 days a week
At Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, we can offer the most current advice on preventative health care, including the right vaccinations for your cat. We firmly believe that each animal is an individual and not every vaccine is right for every cat. Our veterinarians will work with you to put together the right vaccine program that is not only essential for your cat’s overall health but appropriate for your pet’s age, lifestyle and travel needs.
As we treat every pet as an individual, we firmly believe that not every vaccine is right for every cat and this definitely rings true when working with indoor cats vs. outdoor cats. Indoor cats may not require the same vaccines as outdoor cats but it is still important that they get the best possible chance at building a strong immune system early on in life. Although they are not being exposed to viruses outside, indoor cats can be more vulnerable to viruses entering your home. It can also be hard to predict if your cat will stay an indoor cat years down the road or if you will be adopting new kittens in the future, which can pose a threat. Your veterinarian will formulate a unique vaccine program for your cat’s current needs. Vaccine protocols can be modified as their lifestyle changes.
What is FHCP and core vaccine for cats?
The FHCP vaccine or “core” vaccine for cats consists of Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia and Calicivirus. This is also sometimes referred to as a combo vaccine or “core” vaccine. Rhinotracheitis is an upper respiratory tract infection and is easily transmitted from one cat to the other. Kittens are most vulnerable to this virus but this can affect any unprotected cat. Cats who are fortunate enough to recover from this virus will remain carriers for life. Feline Panleukopenia (or feline distemper) is a very serious virus and most often deadly. This virus can live in the environment for up to a year and unprotected cats are at very high risk of contracting this virus. Calicivirus is another major cause of upper respiratory tract infection in cats which is widespread and highly contagious. Vaccination is key to stopping the spread of this virus. Once contracted, even successfully treated cats will continue to be carriers, infecting other cats and can continue to show symptoms such as runny eyes, sneezing and gum disease throughout life.
How often does my adult cat need vaccines?
Cats typically require their core FHCP vaccine, as well as a rabies vaccine (for those outdoor kitties) once every three years. This is after they have received all of their primary vaccinations as well as their 1-year booster.
Are there any risks associated with vaccines?
There are always risks with any vaccines, however, the benefits to vaccinating your kitten typically outweigh the risks. Some of these risks can include minor adverse effects such as a delayed localized tissue reaction, vomiting, fever and or diarrhea. More severe reactions, although rare, can include anaphylaxis.
Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.
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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.
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. OPERATING HOURS
During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!
Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet’s much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital