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Changes Being Implemented in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

  1. Limite of ONE caretaker/family member with each pet presented to the hospital. 

  2. Preventative health appointemnts ARE LIMITED TO those cats and dogs due for rabies vaccination or heartworm testing. 

  3. Clients are encouraged to POSTPONE elective surgical procedures.  These include ovariohysterectomies, castrations, declaws & dentals without significant periodontal disease. 

  4. Unless it is an emergency, ALL PRESCRIPTIONS will be mailed to clients, or you will need to utilize the hospital's online store to fulfill prescriptions and pet food orders. 

  5. Scheduling for pets requiring in hospital treatment protocols (chemotherapy, laser therapy, etc.) will continue.  Recheck exams of ongoing cases will continue to be scheduled as needed.

  6. Sick pets & emergencies will continue to be seen.  ONE caretaker / family member is allowed to be with the pet upon arrival at the hospital. 

  7. Euthanasia appointments will continue to be scheduled.  ONE caretaker / family member is allowed to be with the pet upon arrival at the hospital. 

  8. Senior citizens, immunocompromised individuals, or those with pre-existing health conditions that might make them at higher risk of infection are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to appoint a family member or other individual to bring their pet to the hospital should it require veterinary care.  We would encourage this segment of our clientele to stay at home until local, state, and national health authorities determine otherwise. 

  9. Any individuals with signs known to be associated with COVID-19 coronavirus infection (fever, tiredness, and dry cough) are UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES allowed to bring a pet to the hospital.  If this pet needs to be seen for emergency care, arrangements must be made for a different individual outside your household to bring your pet to the hospital for care.  

  10. These changes will be in place for the foreseeable future.  Additional measures may be implemented without hotice.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Your health, your pet's health, & the health of the employees of Lakeside Animal Hospital are our priority in facing this serious worldwide pandemic.  

We are all in this together!

Feline Vaccines

What is the schedule for the core vaccinations for my cat?

Vaccine
Type of vaccine Age and frequency
of vaccination
Associated disease
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis* Modified Live Virus

Initial series is given at 6-8, 12, and 16 weeks of age.  Revaccination is continued 1 year following the initial series and every 3 years thereafter

Feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVR) is a highly contagious respiratory disease characterized by sneezing, loss of appetite, fever, and inflammation of the eyes.  As the disease progresses ocular and nasal discharge is noticeable with secondary bacterial infections, as well as ulceration of the corneas.
Feline
Calicivirus*
Modified
Live Virus

Initial series is given at 6-8, 12, and 16 weeks of age.  Revaccination is continued 1 year following the initial series and every 3 years thereafter

Feline calicivirus (FCV) is another serious respiratory infection often occurring simultaneously with feline viral rhinotracheitis.  Signs are similar to FVR, but calicivirus-infected cats may also have ulcerations in the oral cavity.
Feline Panleukopenia* Modified
Live Virus
Initial series is given at 6-8, 12, and 16 weeks of age.  Revaccination is continued 1 year following the initial series and every 3 years thereafter

Feline panleukopenia is caused by a parvovirus which results in a serious and potentially fatal gastrointestinal disease in kittens and young cats.  Kittens can be infected in utero and may abort or be born with serious neurologic abnormalities.

Rabies Virus

Killed Vaccine

                    

A single dose of vaccine should be given no earlier than 12 weeks of age. Revaccination is continued 1 year following the initial dose and every 3 years thereafter.

Rabies virus causes a fatal neurological disease, and infected cats are a potential source for human infection.  State and local laws mandate rabies vaccination for cats.

Are there additional vaccines that my cat should receive beyond the core vaccinations?

 Vaccine     

Type of vaccine

Age and frequency of  vaccination

Associated disease
Feline Leukemia
 Virus (FeLV)

Killed
vaccine

Initial series is given as early as 10 weeks of age and should be boostered 3-4 weeks later.  Revaccination is continued on an annual basis thereafter.

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) infection can result in a nonregenerative anemia, cancer of the lymphatic system or bone marrow, several degenerative diseases, and immunosuppression.  The virus is transmitted to susceptible cats through close contact with FeLV-infected cats.  Cats that are infected with FeLV may remain asymptomatic for several years but continue to be contagious to other cats.