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Kitten Vaccinations

Vaccinations are key to disease prevention. Vaccinations are an easy way to protect your pet from many serious diseases including ones that can be transmitted to humans. Talk to your veterinary healthcare team member to discuss what your pet should be vaccinated against.

When do kittens get their first shots?

Kittens should be vaccinated starting at 8 weeks of age. If you adopt a kitten later than that and they have not been vaccinated yet or you are unsure, you should book an appointment right away. We would love to meet your new family member and give them a healthy start!

How often does my kitten need vaccines?

Kittens require a series of vaccinations usually at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. Vaccinations need to be boosted again 1 year later and then every 1-3 years depending on the type of vaccination given.

Does my kitten need only core vaccines?

The type of vaccinations your kitten needs will be dependent on their unique lifestyle and the risks they face. When you bring your kitten in for their visit the veterinarian will discuss with you the best vaccination approach for your cat to keep them protected. Not every cat needs the same vaccines and we treat each patient on an individual basis, partnering with you for their health and wellbeing.

Are there any risk associated with vaccines?

Some pets may feel a little sluggish after a vaccination or develop a small, temporary, localized swelling at the vaccination site. True vaccine reactions are not common. If your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea, swelling of the face or has difficulty breathing, these are symptoms of a true vaccine reaction. Should this happen, call your Veterinarian right away. Vaccination is considered a very safe way to prevent very serious and sometimes life-threatening illnesses. The vast majority of pets have no reaction to vaccinations at all.

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Last updated: September 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

The province of Nova Scotia will enter Stage 5 of the COVID re-opening plan on September 15. Here is what Stage 5 will look like at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital:

  • Masks are required for all clients entering our hospital, as well as for all our staff
  • Telemedicine appointments are available to anyone who cannot wear a mask inside our hospital
  • 1 client per exam room allowed (exceptions will be made for end of life procedures)
  • Credit cards are the preferred method of payment
  • Curbside pickup of food and medication is still available. Please call ahead of time so that we can have your order ready upon your arrival. A reminder that we require 48 hours notice for food and prescription orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • OPERATING HOURS

    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    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 Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital