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.


Does My Indoor Cat Still Require Vaccines?

Simply put yes! While keeping your cat indoors will reduce their exposure to many dangers outside it isn’t protecting them completely.

When giving what is called “CORE” vaccines, you are vaccinating for FVRCP and R. Let’s break this down.

FVR- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis – is considered to be part of the feline herpes virus. It is an upper respiratory infection or pulmonary infection (chest infection that affects the lungs). It is a highly contagious virus that your cat can be exposed to without direct contact, which means that people can bring it into your home or your sweet cat can pick it up by sitting at a screened window.

C- Calicivirus – is known to be 1 of 2 most common virus when dealing with a form of upper respiratory infections. Clinical signs can sometimes be acute, chronic or in some cases none at all. Some symptoms will only arise while under a form of stress. Symptoms can be fever, sneezing, ulcers in the mouth, nasal discharge and runny eyes.

P- Panleukopenia – known as feline infectious enteritis and feline distemper or feline parvovirus. It is highly contagious and can be fatal in young animals. It is spread through bodily fluids, feces and can even be transmitted from fleas. Panleukopenia is a virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract and in turn causes ulcers that cause the intestinal lining to begin to slough off. The result of that usually is very bloody diarrhea along with dehydration and anemia.

R- Rabies – “a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.” It is a severe fatal zoonotic disease that poses a serious public health threat. It is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Once neurological symptoms develop, it will commonly lead to death.

By vaccinating your cat with routine core vaccines, you are ultimately reducing the risk of your cat from contracting a preventable virus. In the wise words of Benjamin Franklin “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Written by: Amy Hanchiruk, Animal Care Assistant



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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 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 905.689.8005. We will open the door and bring you and your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We ask 1 client per pet please. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

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. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm, & Closed on Sundays.

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon are closed until further notice.

5. 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.

6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

7. 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.

8. 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.

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital