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Must Know New Pet Owner Information

Congratulations on becoming a first-time pet owner! Along with the excitement and happiness that a new pet brings into the home, a new pet also comes with a huge responsibility. Whether you recently got a new kitten or adopted a pet in-need of their forever home, Pacific Cat Clinic is here to help you navigate your experience as a cat owner. On this page, you will find everything you need to know to keep your new pet happy, healthy and, most importantly, safe!

Pet Services Your New Pet Will Require in the First 12 Months

Veterinary Exam (First Appointment, Ongoing)

Not only do we want to meet your furry family member, but it’s also important that they get to know us too! During an examination, we spend the time getting to know you, your pet and their lifestyle. In addition, we will complete a head to tail assessment to ensure your pet is healthy. This is also a great time to ask us any questions you may have.

Kitten Vaccinations (Week 8, Week 12, Week 16)

Getting your pet started on a proper vaccination program early will help keep them healthy for life. As the immunity their mother provided them starts to wane, it is important to time the vaccines properly so their own immune system is prepared to protect them from exposure to diseases.

Cat Vaccinations (Every 1-3 Years)

Vaccines help protect against common infectious diseases seen in cats. They stimulate the body’s immune system to attack and ‘remember’ the infectious organism so your pet can fight against the infection again in the future (if necessary). Without vaccines, many cats will become seriously ill due to a virus in their body that they are unable to fight off on their own effectively. The use of vaccines has prevented death and diseases in millions of pets. Vaccines also protect people from diseases, such as rabies, that can be transmitted from pets to humans.

Deworming (Week 2 up to 6 months)

Deworming is an important part of your pet’s preventative health care program. Intestinal parasites can occur in cats, especially when they venture outdoors. Parasites can deprive your pet of essential nutrients and cause digestive upset. Some can also be transmissible to other animals and humans. Our veterinarians will talk with you about your pet’s risk level for parasitism and set up a schedule for deworming that is tailored to your pet’s needs.

Spaying & Neutering (Around 6 months)

One aspect of responsible pet ownership is having your pet spayed or neutered. Not only are you helping to control pet overpopulation, but spaying and neutering can also help eliminate or significantly reduce the risk of developing certain health and behaviour issues.

Microchipping (Anytime)

Having your pet microchipped is highly recommended for a multitude of reasons, such as if your cat slipped out the front door. If found, a permanent form of identification for your pet will help ensure they make their way back to you. We can complete a microchip service at any time. However, it is most common to do this during the spay or neutering procedure.

Health Insurance and Veterinary Savings Account

The investment of a pet is always something to be considered even before adding a new member to your family. In addition to ongoing preventative care and annual check-ups, we encourage our clients to be prepared for any unexpected emergencies that may happen. We recommend looking into health insurance options, such as Trupanion, or opening a ‘Veterinary Savings Account’ and contributing some money each month. This way, you’ll be prepared for anything your pet may need in the future without the additional stress!

What to Expect On Your First and Future Appointments

At Pacific Cat Clinic, we are here to help you feel confident as a new pet owner! Our compassionate and experienced team of veterinary professionals can answer any questions you may have, as well as provide the necessary information you didn’t know you needed. We will assess the health of your pet and provide recommended treatments. From their early days to their golden years, we are here for all of your pet needs.

You can count on us to provide superior care and excellent service every single time you walk through our doors. Call 250.475.2287 to schedule an appointment and ensure your pet gets the proper care to live a long and healthy life as your right-hand companion.

Last Updated: August 20, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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

  • For your safety, and the safety of our staff and community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. Upon arrival, please call us from your vehicle for further instructions.
  • Place your cat (in carrier) on the wicker table by the front door. Step back 6-feet to the designated yellow line or yellow boxes. A team member will retrieve your cat and obtain information from you. Please wear a mask at all times when engaging with our team members.
  • One of our veterinarians will examine your cat either over the phone in the exam room with large window for your viewing or as a drop off. Questions and concerns will be addressed over the phone and treatment plan arranged.
  • Continue the use of credit cards and e-transfers as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • If you are ill and/or showing symptoms: fever, dry cough, respiratory issues, chest pain or traveled in the last 2 weeks, please call us to reschedule your appointment OR have a friend or family member (not residing in your house) bring your cat in.

    3. OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
    Tuesday: 7:30am - 7:00pm
    Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    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 Pacific Cat Clinic