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

Cat Vaccinations

Vaccination programs will be tailored for your cat based on age, lifestyle and overall health. Our philosophy is to avoid over-vaccination by vaccinating only for diseases that our patients are at risk of contracting. We follow the guidelines of the American Animal Hospital Association in choosing our core vaccines. We do not vaccinate for every disease every year. Cats need to come in for an annual examination and vaccines will be prescribed as needed.

An annual visit includes a thorough nose to tail examination as detailed below, appropriate vaccinations, parasite control, nutrition, weight and behavioural counselling. Your veterinarian will also be able to advise you on any preventative care measures that you can be taking to help your cat live a long and healthy life. Of course, you can request your choice of veterinarian for your visit.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?


At Annex Animal Hospital, we focus on preventive health care for cats. Just as people should regularly visit their doctor and dentist, all cats should see their veterinarian at least once a year.

A pet’s health can change a lot in a year due to environment, stress, genetic conditions, and routine aging. By examining your cat and discussing their lifestyle and behaviour with you, your veterinarian can determine if your cat has any health issues of which you are unaware. Annual visits can assist the veterinarian in detecting emerging health problems before they become serious. Even indoor cats need to come in for an annual examination and vaccines will be prescribed as needed.

The Toronto city bylaw states that all household pets must be vaccinated against the Rabies virus.

What are FVRCP and core vaccine for cats?

  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis – An upper respiratory virus with cold-like symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, runny eyes and congestion.
  • Calicivirus – A respiratory virus affecting the lungs, nasal passages and oral cavities with the potential to cause ulceration of infected tissues.
  • Feline Panleukopenia (commonly referred to as Feline Distemper) – Highly contagious and life-threatening viral infection. Symptoms may include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, lethargy, dehydration, weight loss, and neurological signs in some patients.

Is it safe to vaccinate my cat regularly?


All the feline vaccines that we administer are Purevax vaccines by Merial. The Rabies and the Feline Leukemia vaccines are recombinant and are considered the safest for cats. By all means, feel free to discuss any concerns about vaccinations with one of our veterinarians.

There is a lot of false information about vaccine safety online. We want to educate our clients with reliable information so that you may make an informed decision about vaccinating your cat.

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Last updated: July 30, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

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 still OPEN with the following hours:
MONDAY: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
TUESDAY - FRIDAY: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
SATURDAY: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm


NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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

- Your dedicated team at Annex Animal Hospital