We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Kitten Vaccinations

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.

When should kittens get their first vaccination?

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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.715.5143. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic