Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Vaccinations are a necessary part of your pet’s healthcare. However, vaccination plans should be tailored specifically to each pet’s needs, since their lifestyle influences which vaccines are the right fit. Other factors like age will also determine the frequency your pet will need to be vaccinated. To discuss your pet’s vaccination plan, please contact us at 613-258-5745.

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When should I make my kitten’s vaccination appointment?

We recommend kittens start getting vaccinated at 6-weeks old, followed by other doses at 12-weeks and 16-weeks old. Depending on the vaccine, we typically recommend boosters a year after the first round of vaccines. We recommend performing a titer testing, which tests your pet’s immunity against diseases they’ve been vaccinated against. This information helps develop their vaccination plan moving forward.

How do I know which vaccinations my pet needs?

Our veterinary team will work with you to determine which vaccines are best for your pet. Some vaccinations are necessary (core) whereas others are optional, based on your pet’s needs (non-core). A few vaccinations we offer include:

  • Rabies – A fatal viral infection that not only affects cats but all mammals, including dogs, livestock and humans. This vaccine is required by our municipal government and necessary when travelling outside of Canada.
  • Feline Panleukopenia – A highly contagious and fatal gastrointestinal disease. However, thanks to herd immunity from vaccination, the disease is fairly uncommon.
  • Feline Respiratory Virus – A virus causing Upper Respiratory Infection (URI), with similar symptoms to a cold. It is caused by Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis or Calicivirus (FCV).
  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) – A viral infection causing fatal tumours or the suppression of your pet’s immune system. Outdoor cats are often infected.

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