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Kitten Vaccinations

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.

When do kittens get their first shots?

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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 403.246.1115. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Killarney Cat Hospital