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Kitten Vaccinations

We know you want to start your kitten off on the right foot to give them the best leg up for a healthy, long life. Vaccinations are one of the cornerstones of preventative care. A proper vaccine schedule allows your kitten to develop a healthy immune system and avoid many common and unwanted viral illnesses in cats.

When do kittens get their first vaccines?

The optimum time to begin your kitten’s vaccine schedule is at 8 weeks of age. At this age, the maternal antibodies are almost gone, and your kitty will be able to mount the best response to the vaccines given.

How often do my kittens need vaccines?

Luckily for our team, we get to see your kitty not once, not twice, but three times for a series of exam/vaccination appointments. That’s a lot of kitty snuggle time! Beginning at 8 weeks of age we will examine and vaccinate your kitten for a total of 3 visits with each visit being 3-4 weeks apart (8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks). Once this series is complete, your kitten will return in 1 year for their “annual” appointment, from there the vaccine schedule will be based on your kitty’s ongoing needs.

Does my kitten need only core vaccines?

Working together with your Veterinarian you can determine which vaccines are best for your cat. Many owners of new kittens have not yet decided if their cat will go outside, if they will need to go to a boarding facility, etc. For this reason, we recommend talking to your vet about complete vaccine protection for your cat until you are certain it will not be necessary.

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Last updated: April 18, 2022

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. Masks are mandatory for everyone coming inside our hospital. Maximum of 2 clients allowed into our exams rooms per appointment (there's not much room in there!)

Please note that it will take at least 24 hours for all prescription and food items to be ready for pick up (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".

Unfortunately, our bathroom is still closed to the public as it is in our radiology room.

ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
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.

We are committed to providing a safe and respectful workplace. Abusive conduct or communications will not be tolerated and may result in denial of services.

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

- Your dedicated team at Harbour Cities Veterinary Hospital