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.

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What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually.

Overview

A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system.  This is not only to have an immune response but also to get the level of response high enough in the body to stay strong for the year ahead.

Core Vaccinations

Core vaccines are vaccines that are recommended for every single cat.  These pathogens are highly contagious, common and can be life-threatening.

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis is caused by a herpesvirus which leads to upper respiratory disease (coughing, sneezing, red & runny eyes) and can lead to secondary bacterial infections.

Calicivirus

Calicivirus causes upper respiratory disease, as well as painful ulcers in the mouth (gums and tongue).

Panleukopenia

Panleukopenia is a virus which attacks rapidly dividing cells of the bone marrow which can lead to immunocompromisation and possible death.

Rabies

This is spread in saliva from one mammal to another.  Bats are also carriers of the Rabies virus and Rabies positive bats have been found in this area.  Your puppy will be vaccinated for Rabies at 16 weeks of age.

Lifestyle Based Vaccinations

There is only a single lifestyle-based vaccine for cats and it is recommended for cats that spend time outdoors.

Feline Leukemia Virus

The feline Leukemia Virus is transmitted between cats through saliva, (bites, licking wounds).  The virus attacks bone marrow and can weaken the immune system and potentially the cat can develop leukemia or lymphoma.

If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss it with us at your kitten’s next vaccination appointment.

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What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually. Overview A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system. 

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-394-4811. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 at 613-394-4811 to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

6. 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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital