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Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Vaccinations for Kittens

Congratulations on welcoming a new kitten into your home! It’s a wonderful time and as pet parents ourselves, we know how much you have to do in order to set up everything that your new companion needs. In addition to the appropriate pet food, gear, treats and more, vaccines are an integral part of your cat’s healthcare. Vaccines will help your feline friend live a long and healthy life. Each year, during your cat’s physical exam, vaccines will be administered to ensure that their immune system is strong enough to fight certain viruses. Vaccines prevent illnesses by producing an immune response should your pet come in contact with a disease. If your pet is not protected by these vaccines, and does come in contact with various viruses, they can become very sick. If you have any questions about your pet’s vaccines or any other aspect of their health, please do not hesitate to call our team.

Do indoor cats need to be vaccinated?

Yes. During your feline friend’s annual examination, our veterinarians will discuss vaccines and may recommend for indoor cats to be vaccinated with the core vaccine, as you never know if he/she may possibly get out. It is good to know, even if they do, they are protected from some of the diseases they may come into contact with out there. Plus, even if your cat never goes outside, they can still be exposed to harmful diseases that you, other people or other animals bring inside your home.

What are core vaccines and non-core vaccines?

Core vaccines are a group of vaccines that all cats need. Non-core vaccines can be prescribed or recommended by your veterinarian depending on your cat’s specific needs and lifestyle. The core vaccines for a cat are FVRCP which is a combination vaccine that protects cats from three viruses which are rhinotracheitis (upper respiratory disease), calicivirus and panleukopenia (a severe disease of the gastrointestinal tract, immune system, and nervous system).The other core vaccine for cats is a rabies vaccine. Another vaccine that our veterinarians may discuss for your cat is for feline leukemia virus (FeLV).


Vaccinations for Cats

Please know that once your kitten has grown into an adult cat, they still need to continue receiving regular vaccination shots and boosters, so that their immunity can remain strong against several kinds of diseases and infections that they may be exposed to.

How often do cats need to be vaccinated?

Here at AMC, we recommend yearly annual wellness exams by our veterinarians to assess your cat’s overall health and make sure that they stay up to date on their vaccinations. Some vaccines need to be taken once per year, while others need to be taken once every three years.

Are there any risks or side effects to vaccines for cats?

As with any vaccinations or treatments, there are some risk of reactions. That being said, most of the side effects associated with feline vaccines are rare and minor. Most cats do not display any kind of reaction at all. On occasion, some patients may experience slight swelling or redness near the injection site, vomiting and diarrhea. Again, we want to stress that vaccines are the best way to protect your cat from potentially deadly diseases and our veterinarians will discuss any risks and answer any questions you may have before giving the vaccines to your cherished pet.

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    NEW PET OWNERS

    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre