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.
Many people mistakenly believe that cats don’t need the same protections as dogs. Vaccinations prevent or reduce the suffering associated with many potentially life-threatening diseases like Feline Leukaemia, Feline panleukopenia (distemper), and Feline upper respiratory tract inflammations. At the same time, we recognize that overvaccination may be linked to chronic diseases. Full Circle’s vaccine schedules reflect our commitment to minimalist, yet effective immunization.
Core vaccinations for cats include FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calici and Parvovirus) and Rabies. Outdoor kittens and cats should also receive a FeLv (Feline Leukemia) vaccination as well. Rabies is also a worldwide core vaccination for cats.
What is the core vaccination protocol for kittens?
A minimal, yet effective vaccination program for kittens who have had vaccinated mothers would include a 12-week FVRCP and a 15-week FeLv vaccination which is boosted at 18 weeks of age. At 21 weeks of age, a Rabies vaccination would be given.
What is the core vaccination protocol for adult cats?
FVRCP and Rabies are given on a three-year rotation. If your cat has been given a Feline Leukemia vaccination, it will be boosted every two years.
Will vaccination harm my cat?
Substances of any sort, including vaccinations, injected under a cat’s skin have been linked to the development of soft tissue masses called sarcomas. These are statistically rare but devastating when they occur. Some injections are now given on the hind limbs or tail tip to prevent developing tumours in places difficult to achieve surgical removal. Other chronic illness, like certain types of kidney disease, occurring later in life may be linked to excessive vaccination although this is not yet proven.
Are there vaccine titers for cats?
At this time we do not have an in-house titer test for any components of the feline FVRCP vaccine There is a test for panleukopenia available in the US that may come to Canada in the near future. We can do Rabies titers through Kansas State University. Panleukopenia titers can also be run in outside laboratories.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
3. 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 and take payment over the phone. 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.
4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
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 Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.