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Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Your cat counts on you for protection. One of the very best things you can do to give your cat a long and healthy life is to ensure they are vaccinated against common feline diseases. Your cat’s mother gave them kitten immunity from disease for the first few weeks of existence by providing disease-fighting antibodies in their milk. After that period it’s up to you, with the help and advice of our veterinarians, to provide further protection.

How do vaccines work in pets?

Vaccines contain small quantities of altered or “killed” viruses, bacteria or other disease-causing organisms. When injected into your cat’s immune system, they produce disease-fighting cells and proteins – or antibodies – to protect them from diseases. They work in much the same way as vaccines in humans.

How often should my cat be vaccinated?

Generally, the immunity that a kitten has at birth begins to diminish after 8 weeks. It is then usually time to begin the initial vaccinations, with the booster following at 3 to 4 weeks later. Thereafter, your cat will require repeat vaccinations for the rest of his or her life. Of course, these are only guidelines. Following our veterinarian’s assessments, we will be able to determine the exact schedule that’s right for your pet.

Which vaccinations should my cat receive?

Most veterinarians believe your pet should be protected against diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness. Such diseases could include Feline Panleukopenia, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Chlamydiosis, Feline Leukemia and Rabies. Other vaccinations may be recommended, based on our veterinarian’s evaluation of the risks posed by your cat’s particular heredity, environment and lifestyle.

How effective is vaccination in pets?

Like any drug treatment or surgical procedure, vaccinations are not 100% guaranteed to be effective. However, used in conjunction with proper nutrition and acceptable sanitary conditions, vaccination is clearly your pet’s best defence against disease.

Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (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".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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!

    - The team at Elizabeth Street Pet Hospital