At Jane Animal Hospital, our Toronto vet offers all the preventative care services your cat needs, including vaccinations to protect your pet from common diseases and viruses. If your cat is due for vaccinations or if you're not sure of your cat's vaccination schedule then now is a great time to schedule an appointment with our team.
The Importance of Routine Feline Vaccinations
Why are routine feline vaccinations so important, anyway? For starters, vaccines are necessary to protect your cat from any number of dangerous illnesses and even potentially fatal viruses, such as rabies. Furthermore, proof of up-to-date vaccinations is often required if you plan on boarding your cat at a reputable facility or even bringing your cat in for a professional grooming appointment. And of course, by having your cat vaccination (regardless of whether it's an indoor or outdoor cat), you're also doing your part to protect other pets and animals that could become infected if your cat were to get sick.
Which Vaccinations Does Your Cat Need?
Many cat owners aren't sure which specific vaccinations their cats need. If your cat has seen a vet in the past year or so and you still have the paperwork, you may be able to find your cat's recommended vaccine schedule on your most recent vet paperwork. This will tell you which vaccines your cat needs, and when they're due. If you don't have this paperwork or if it's been awhile since your pet has seen a vet, that's okay. Our veterinary team can provide a health assessment for your cat in our office, and this will help us determine which vaccinations your cat needs.
Some of the more common vaccinations we recommend for cats include:
- Rabies (may be necessary once annually or once every three years, depending on the vaccine used)
- feline Respiratory Infection
- Feline Panleukopenia
- Feline Leukemia
Specific vaccines can also vary depending on the age of your pet, as well as whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat. Either way, we can get your cat up-to-date on any vaccines here in our office at the end of your visit with us. From there, we can also provide you with an updated vaccination schedule and reminders so you know when your cat will need to come in for additional vaccines.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Toronto Veterinarian
If your cat is due for vaccinations, then it's time to schedule an appointment with our experienced and compassionate Toronto veterinarian. You can reach our office at Jane Animal Hospital by giving us a call at 416-762-5558. We look forward to serving your pet with all its health and wellness needs!
Kitten vaccinations play an essential role in protecting your pet. For a kittens vaccination shots, it’s important to understand the options and details of the process. The shots protect against common threats and health concerns that may arise. The key is making sure you have the right schedule for your pet's health and well-being.
Core vaccinations are shots your pet needs to comply with legal standards. Your kitten needs specific shots to prevent common risks to their health. The core vaccines for kittens include:
- Feline distemper
- Feline calici virus
- Feline herpes type 1
Your kitten must obtain vaccinations against the common risks. Some of the diseases, like rabies, can pass on to pet owners, so vaccinations play a key role in protecting your pet and your family's health.
Although core vaccinations are required for your kitten, you may choose additional vaccines for their health. Kitten vaccinations help prevent complications based on lifestyle factors. For example, if you allow your pet to leave your home, then you want to consider a vaccine against Lyme's Disease. You also want to consider vaccines for a kennel cough or related conditions if you plan to leave your cat in a kennel or similar space when you leave town.
When you are unsure about vaccinations for your kitten, you want to discuss your options with our veterinarian. We help you determine the vaccines that fit your pet's specific needs after discussing your lifestyle. We also recommend specific options to limit risks to your pet based on their current health and situation.
Scheduling Kitten Shots
Scheduling kitten shots depend on the situation and age of your cat. For the first six to eight weeks of your kitten's life, his or her immune system is not fully developed. Antibodies pass from the mother cat's milk into your kitten's body. At that time, it is not necessary to vaccinate your kitten.
After your kitten is weaned at six to eight weeks old, you want to visit our clinic. We develop a schedule for your kitten's vaccinations based on the current situation. The schedule usually starts at eight weeks old, when we give your kitten their first shots. We then provide booster shots every three weeks for a series of three shots. Your kitten will not need further booster shots until one year or longer, depending on the vaccination.
Contact Our Local Veterinarian Today
Keeping your kitten healthy and active starts with the right preventative care. Vaccinations play a key role in preventing the spread of diseases in your pets. To learn more about the process of vaccinating your pet or to set up an appointment with our veterinarian, call 416-762-5558 today.