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Kitten Vaccinations

Keeping your kitten up to date on vaccinations is an important part of ensuring a long and healthy life. Kittens need vaccinations early in life as antibodies they receive from their mother start to decrease around 6-8 weeks of age. It is during this time that they need to start building their own immunity through vaccinations to help prevent them from life-threatening diseases.

When do kittens get their first shots?


We at Hillcrest recommend kittens should go through a series of vaccinations to build up their immunity with their first vaccine being given around 8 weeks of age.

How often do my kittens need vaccines?


In general kittens should get vaccines at 8, 12 & 16 weeks and then should be vaccinated on a yearly basis. During your first visit to the clinic with your kitten, our veterinarian will determine a vaccine schedule that will suit your pet’s needs and lifestyle.

Does my kitten need only core vaccines?


Depending on the kitten’s lifestyle the veterinarian will determine what core vaccines are required.

Are there any risk associated with vaccines?


Unfortunately, risk-free vaccines do not exist, and it is important to discuss with your veterinarian your pet’s lifestyle and anything medically that may be going on with your cat before having any vaccines. Most pets will have no issues receiving their vaccines but there is a small chance that reactions may develop as a result of vaccination.

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What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually. Overview A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system. 

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Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital