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.
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.
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.
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 416-537-3128. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday & Friday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm, Tuesday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. 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.
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.
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.