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Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Vaccinations are a core part of our commitment to preventative healthcare. We want to protect your feline friends against any infections or diseases that are preventable. Our veterinary team will collaborate with you to create a vaccine plan that best supports your pet’s long term health. This includes vaccination from the early years as a kitten up until they’re senior pets. Please contact us at 519.624.9760, if your pet doesn’t have a vaccine plan.

What vaccines do you recommend for kittens?

We recommend a few different vaccines for your kittens, starting at 8-weeks-old. The purpose of vaccines is to help stimulate an immune response if your pet comes in contact with an infection. This means they’ll have full immunity against the disease or have less severe symptoms if they’re infected. We use Recombinant DNA vaccines because they have a lower reaction rate at the injection site, in comparison to other types of vaccines. Some vaccines we recommend are:

  • Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, and Panleukopenia (combined vaccine) – given at 8, 12 and 16 weeks old
  • Feline Leukemia is optional but recommended for outdoor or multi-cat households – given at 12 and 16 weeks
  • Rabies- given after 8-weeks-old when the mother’s antibodies have worn off and the vaccine is more effective

    What vaccines do you recommend for cats?

    We recommend the following booster vaccines:

  • Rhinotracheitis, Calici Virus, and Panleukopenia (combined vaccine)
  • Feline Leukemia is optional but recommended for outdoor or multi-cat households
  • Rabies (legally required)

    What do these vaccines protect my pet against?

    These vaccines help your pet to build immunity against:

  • Feline Respiratory Disease – Feline rhinotracheitis (FVR) and feline calicivirus (FCV) are the two main causes of upper respiratory tract infections in cats, especially kittens
  • Feline Panleukopenia – This is common in unvaccinated kittens, causing fever, vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea. Thanks to vaccination, this is now an uncommon disease!
  • Rabies – a fatal disease attacking the central nervous system
  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) – cause Lymphoma cancer, affecting multiple organs in the body

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