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.

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Kitten Vaccinations

Kitten vaccines are a very important start to a healthy lifestyle. Getting all, they need as babies will build up the immune system to help fight off any diseases that they may be exposed too, as some of them can be fatal if contracted. It’s a good idea to talk to your vet and discuss the lifestyle of your kitten so they can vaccinate properly.

When do kittens get their first vaccines?

Ideally kittens should get their first vaccines at eight weeks of age.

How often does my kitten need a vaccine?

Kittens need three initial vaccines, each four weeks apart (8, 12, and 16 weeks). Then a year from the third vaccine we would update all that is needed for the following 1-3 years.

Some of the vaccines are good for three years, others are done yearly, so depending on the lifestyle of your kitty the doctor will decide which ones are needed.

Keeping your cat up to date on vaccines keeps their immune system nice and strong to fight against the preventable diseases.

Does my kitten need only core vaccines?

Keeping your kitten up to date on vaccines on a regular basis keeps their immune system nice and strong to fight against the diseases.

Are there any risks associated with vaccines?

There is always a risk of a reaction to a vaccine, but it is rare. Some symptoms may include fever, lethargy, and swelling. A very rare reaction could be a vaccine-associated sarcoma, which is a small lump that builds at the injection site.

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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 policies were updated Monday, June 1, 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 902.434.0700. We will confirm your information and a receptionist will come out to bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. If you have an iPhone, we have set up our clinic iPad for you to FaceTime with the vet during the exam or we have the capability of doing Skype for video-calling during the exam as well. If you do not have either of these as options, once the examination is finished, the veterinarian will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone while you remain outside. A staff member will then return to your vehicle with your pet and bring any items to go home with you. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team. We will either ring you through at your vehicle with our portable debit/credit machine or we accept credit card payments over the phone. We are not taking cash at this time.

2. We are still OPEN but are working with limited staff and trying to limit human exposure, including staff-to-staff, as much as possible with deep disinfecting occurring after we close for the day.
Monday, Thursday: 7:15 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:15 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

3. 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 or via our portable debit/credit machine at your vehicle. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home or order and pay via the website and pick up at the clinic. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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

5. 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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital