Our Clinic Provides Cat Care For All Your Pet’s Needs
Hastings Veterinary Hospital in Burnaby BC offers cat care for kittens, adults, and senior felines and takes your pet’s needs seriously. We pride ourselves on making checkups and vaccinations as stress‐free as possible. We offer surgical services when required, including routine spaying and neutering, as well as general surgery and feline dentistry. With our digital radiology equipment we are able to offer on-site x-rays for diagnostics when your pet is ill or injured, as well as ultrasound.
With our in‐house pharmacy, we are able to offer nutritional and behavioural treatment, provide pain management, and assist with finding the right medication to help with any potential illness that may affect your cat. Our clinic also specializes in dermatology care to help those patients afflicted with allergies or skin issues.
Your Cat Benefits From Annual Checkups
Regular checkups can benefit both you and your cat by catching early signs of illnesses and health problems. Kittens and cats do their best to conceal any physical problems and early detection during an examination can often save your pet from unnecessary suffering, and save you money with early treatment.
During a checkup we examine:
- Heart – to detect murmurs
- Lungs – to listen for any unusual sounds
- Abdomen – to feel for signs of pain, or abnormal size and shape of various organs
- Eyes – to detect early signs of eye problems, including cataracts in older cats
- Ears – to check for infection or parasites
- Teeth – to look for gum disease or tooth injuries
- Weight – to track possible obesity or unexplained weight loss
- Skin and Coat – to look for mites and external parasites, or fungal and bacterial infections
- Musculoskeletal system – for signs of injury or illness
Your cat won’t tell you if he or she feels unwell but we certainly can after examining them! During the annual checkup, you will have the opportunity to ask advice about feeding, behavioural problems, or any concerns you may have about your cat.
Your Pet’s Needs Include Vaccinations and Flea and Parasite Control
Vaccinations guard our cats from fatal diseases, while proper flea and parasite control keep your cat happy.
The core vaccination program should be started when your kitten is 8 weeks old, usually during his or her first checkup. Booster vaccines will be required to reach proper immunity.
Current vaccination programs consist of what is often referred to as the “Basic” and most important vaccine, FVRCPC. This combination vaccine helps to prevent four of the most common and contagious upper-respiratory tract infections such as:
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) –This virus is not fatal but can cause severe respiratory issues. It causes yellow ocular and nasal discharge, sneezing, drooling, fever, and lethargy.
- Feline Calici Virus (FCV) –This virus has many different strains of varying virulence. Commonly it can cause oral ulcers, fever, sneezing, and nasal discharge.
- Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) – This disease, also known as Feline Distemper, is contagious and often fatal. It is spread through contaminated water or food and can severely weaken the immune system and internal organs.
- Feline Chlamydia –This infection is not the same as Chlamydiosis in humans. It is a bacterial infection that can cause persistent reoccurring corneal ulcers.
Other vaccinations are also available and may be suitable for your cat, depending upon their current lifestyle:
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) – This retrovirus is transmitted through direct contact with saliva or secretions, and causes immune suppression over time. This disease is terminal once contracted.
- Rabies – This disease can cause aggression, fever, paralysis and death. This disease is dangerous because it can be passed from species to species, including humans.
Flea control comes in both oral and topical formulations; the choice depends on your pet’s lifestyle and potential for exposure. Parasite testing and de-worming takes place during your cat’s annual checkup. We will advise you on the best steps to take to keep your cat happy and parasite‐free.
For more information on vaccinations, boosters, or flea and parasite prevention, please do not hesitate to contact our clinic directly.
Spaying, Neutering, and Surgical Procedures are Available
Spaying and neutering are the most common surgical procedures performed at our hospital; they involve the removal of the reproductive organs to reduce sexual behaviours and aggression. This procedure minimizes the risk of health problems and helps to prevent cat overpopulation.
- Spaying – the removal of the uterus and ovaries in female cats
- Neutering – the removal of the testicles in male cats
Other types of surgeries are sometimes needed:
- Soft tissue surgery – These are procedures that are not associated with bone, such as the removal of masses or lumps to make sure they aren’t cancerous.
- Bone surgery – These are procedures that are associated with bones, such as leg or hip fractures, hip dysplasia, disc disease, and so on.
- Insertion of cat microchips – ensures easy identification if your pet is ever lost. It is a simple and quick procedure that does not require anaesthetic.
We will take care of your pet’s needs with our cat care programs. Visit our clinic and learn more about our preventative treatments and our surgery capabilities at: 3995 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC, V5C 2H8; or phone: 604‐291‐6666.