Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Kittens have developing immune systems that require a timed balance of injections to make sure that they are well protected from infectious diseases during their growing months, and that they develop the proper “memory cells” which continue to protect them into their adulthood.
Kittens should receive their first set of vaccines at 8 weeks old. Kittens have protective antibodies from their mother’s milk which helps prevent them from getting sick. These antibodies fade away and leave the kitten vulnerable to disease, on average, at around 8 weeks old.
How often does my kitten need to be vaccinated?
After the initial vaccination at 8 weeks old, their vaccines are then boosted at 12 and 16 weeks of age. These vaccines then need to be boosted again one year later.
Does my kitten only need core vaccines?
Kittens are at high risk of being infected with these preventable, life-threatening illnesses because their immune systems are still developing. The core vaccines are essential for every kitten starting at 8 weeks of age. The inclusion of the non-core vaccine, FeLV, is dependent on their risk of exposure in the future (ie. whether they will be going outside or if they will be in contact with other cats that are at higher risk of infection). Since most owners are still getting to know their cats at this early age and are unsure of the lifestyle they will have, we often recommend including the non-core vaccine at least during these more susceptible stages of development.
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. 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.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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!
- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic