Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Kittens need vaccination in order to have long lasting immunity to infectious diseases. After birth, kittens obtain passive immunity from their mother’s milk. This occurs when the kittens ingest colostrum from their mother, and her antibodies are transferred to them. After 8 weeks of age, this passive immunity starts to fade, and the kittens become very susceptible to infectious diseases. This is why it is recommended to start a kitten’s vaccination series at 8 weeks of age. Booster vaccinations at 12 and 16 weeks of age ensure that the kitten’s immune system has had the chance to fully respond to the vaccine and develop lasting immunity.
Kittens should have their first vaccine at 8 weeks of age.
How often do my kittens need a vaccine?
Kittens require a series of 3 vaccines to have full coverage. These should be given at 8, 12 & 16 weeks of age. This is the FVRCP or ‘core’ vaccine. The rabies vaccine is also given at 16 weeks of age.
Does my kitten need only core vaccines?
Since many indoor cats are master escape artists, and others spend time outdoors in backyards and on patios, we recommend that all cats also receive the rabies vaccine. Rabies is a fatal disease and can be transmitted to humans. It is easy to prevent the risk of transmission by vaccination. Depending on your kitty’s lifestyle, it may be recommended that they have a feline leukemia vaccine. We will discuss your cat’s risk level for feline leukemia during your visit and help you decide whether it is appropriate for your cat.
Are there any risks associated with vaccines?
Like any vaccine, there is always a small risk of a reaction, however, it is very minimal. There is, however, a greater risk associated with not vaccinating.
All cats, but indoor cats especially, need enrichment and mental stimulation. Enrichment can increase activity (which can help with weight control) and prevent many behavioural issues related to low mental stimulation (things like inappropriate litter box usage, anxiety, aggression and attention-seeking).
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards 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".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm - Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!