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.

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Cat Vaccinations

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.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?


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.

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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. 

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Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

5. PET BOARDING & GROOMING

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital