Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Getting your cat vaccinated is one of the first steps you can take as a pet owner to help boost their quality of life. Without vaccinations your cat could be susceptible to diseases like feline leukemia and rabies. In fact, they could catch or spread diseases amongst their playmates or in vet offices. Preventative medicine is the easiest, least expensive and most important way to keep your pet safe. Call us at 780.444.1324 to schedule a vaccination appointment. While you’re here, we can answer any questions you have about the process.

When should my kitten be vaccinated?

The milk kittens drink from their mother has antibodies that prevent vaccines from doing their best work. As a result, kittens will need to be vaccinated more than once through a series of boosters. Their first vaccinations should be when they are about 6- to 8-weeks-old. Afterwards our veterinarians will schedule more appointments every few weeks until they are 6 months old.

Are there any side effects of the vaccine?

Vaccines can cause short-term minor reactions. Though they are not common, it’s important to look out for. They may feel weak or lose their appetite. In some cases, a small bump will appear where they were infected. If this does not go away or grows after a month, contact us for an examination.

Date: Sept 17, 2021

Dear valued clients,

As you are aware, our region is seeing increased cases of COVID-19, and as a result more stringent pandemic response measures have been put in place by our government.

To ensure that we follow these new controls, our veterinary practice is returning to limited clinic access as well as drop off appointments with communications being over the phone or through a protective shield.

The details of this protocol are outlined below:

1. Clients are allowed only in the reception area, limited to 3 clients in at once, and 1 client in our cubicle. No clients will be allowed in the exam rooms with their pet at this time unless under special circumstances.

2. Pets MUST be in a carrier or in a proper fitting harness and leash. Aggressive dogs must arrived with a proper fitting muzzle. If you do not have any of these please ask for them.

3. You must remain in your vehicle, or at least 6 feet away from our doors, while we treat your pet unless instructed otherwise.

4. You must have a phone with you at your appointment so that we can contact you about your pet. If we cannot contact you and obtain consent to treat your pet, your appointment will be delayed, which will delay others.

5. Unfortunately, only 1 person will be allowed in the exam room for attended euthanasias.

6. Please allow up to 72 hours for your medications to be refilled, as well as messages to be returned by your veterinarian.

7. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, we won't know that until you come to the front desk to inform us. It is standard that our staff members ask everyone to wear a mask. Please do not be offended by this. We will find another way to accommodate you and your pet.

Our number one priority is client and staff safety while your pet continues to receive the care they deserve.

With this system, we hope to provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members.

With that in mind we thank you for your kindness and patience with us in advance as these circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as new information is released. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team.

Together we can all help stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 780-444-1324.

Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you might experience when reaching out to us.

- The Team at Parkwest Pet Clinic.