Congratulations on your feline bundle of joy! Like all loving pet parents, we know you want nothing more than to keep your pet safe and spend as much time with them. Getting them vaccinated is one of the first steps you can take to ensure they get a great start in life. Vaccines protect them from serious health problems that are not only dangerous, but also expensive and time-consuming to treat. To get started and to find out how we can support your pet on this aspect of their healthcare, please give us a call at 807-939-2616.
When should I vaccinate my kitten?
Kittens can receive their first round of vaccines as early as when they are 6 to 8-weeks-old. They will need to come back for more injections once every 3 to 4 weeks until they are about 4-months-old. At this point, they would have completed their initial set of vaccinations.
Do veterinary vaccines have side effects?
Like all medical treatments, there is a risk of adverse effects but they are quite minor and minimal. Some cats may experience redness, itchiness or swelling at the injection site or on their eyes/lips/neck. Vomiting, fatigue, mild fever and diarrhea can also be experienced. These usually subside in a matter of hours.
Do adult cats still need vaccines?
Yes. Once your kitten becomes an adult, they will need vaccines all throughout their life to stay protected. Some vaccines are given once every 3 years while others are given once every year. As your lifestyle changes, the veterinarian may also recommend different types of optional or non-core vaccines.