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.
Your cat counts on you for protection. One of the very best things you can do to give your cat a long and healthy life is to ensure that he or she is vaccinated against common feline diseases. Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or “killed” viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing organisms. When administered, they stimulate your cat’s immune system to produce disease-fighting cells and proteins – or antibodies – to protect against disease.
It’s not as crucial for indoor cats, however, should your cat accidentally escape, be exposed to other cats or animals, have to go into a boarding facility he/she will NOT be protected. We can never know what the future holds or assume that a cat will never come into contact with a feline carrying disease, so it’s best to be prepared.
What is FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?
This is a multi-virus vaccine that stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia also known as Feline Distemper. Core vaccines are considered vital to all pets based on the risk of exposure, the severity of disease or transmissibility to humans. Rabies is also a core vaccine and according to the city of Winnipeg’s bylaw, all cats are to be vaccinated unless there is a medical reason not to (i.e. serious vaccine reaction).
How often does my adult cat need vaccination?
We recommend annual exams and based on the pet’s exposure risk/lifestyle and stage of life appropriate vaccinations will be advised. Your veterinarian can best determine a vaccination schedule for your cat. This will depend on the type of vaccine, your pet’s age, medical history, environment, and lifestyle.
Are there any risk associated with vaccines?
Vaccines should mildly stimulate your cat’s immune system in order to create protection. This stimulation can create mild symptoms, ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions. Your cat will be thoroughly examined by one of our veterinarians before a vaccine is given. This will allow the doctor to determine whether or not your cat is healthy enough to receive the injection.
Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife. First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal.
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.
The following policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday CLOSED
The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.
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, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice physical distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Centennial Animal Hospital