Vaccination provides your pet with the best defense against a range of diseases that would otherwise cause health complications. There's a vaccination schedule your pet follows, from the first year of life into adulthood, to ensure they develop immunity. If you have questions about vaccinating your cat or kitten, please contact us at 519-941-2275.
What vaccination schedule should my pet follow?
Typically, pets should receive their vaccines according to a vaccination schedule, which our veterinary team will discuss with you. Kittens are vaccinated every 3 to 4 weeks until they're 4 months old. Cats should receive a booster every year or 3 years, depending on the specific vaccine. Pet vaccines are categorized as core and non-core, which are administered based on your pet's risk of a specific illness, lifestyle, and overall health. Missing a dosage could decrease your pet's immunity and increase their risk of contracting certain diseases.
Which core vaccination does my pet need?
Core vaccinations are highly regulated and tested to ensure their effectiveness as well as your pet's safety. Core vaccinations protect your pet against diseases that could otherwise be detrimental to their health and, in some cases, even fatal. For example, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases for cats. Kittens are most at risk of contracting the disease, and it is one of the most common causes of cancer. Vaccinating your pet ensures they're protected from this preventable disease as well as many others. Preventing them is far easier and less expensive than treatment. Core vaccinations we typically recommend for cats include:
- Panleukopenia (Feline distemper)
- Feline leukemia virus (FeLV)
- Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)