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Vaccines for Kittens & Cats

Vaccinating your cat or kitten helps keep them healthy and avoid premature death. Infectious diseases are some of the most frequent causes of death. Regularly vaccinating your pet therefore helps control the spread of these diseases.

What is the FVRCP vaccine?

FVRCP is a core vaccine for cats. It protects against three diseases:

FVR: Feline Viral Rhinotrachetitis, a viral disease that affects the respiratory tract and can cause pneumonia in the most severe instances

C: Calicivirus, a virus causing fever, mouth ulcers and discharge from the eyes and nose

P: Panleukopenia, a contagious viral disease that attacks the digestive system of the infected animal

Are there vaccines other than the DHPP?

Absolutely. Depending on your cat’s lifestyle, the vet may also recommend vaccinating against rabies or feline leukemia.

What is your schedule for first vaccinations for kittens?

Puppies are first vaccinated at two months, then two boosters are required four and eight weeks later. Before this age, kittens are protected by the antibodies in maternal milk.

When can my pet receive the rabies vaccine?

Dogs and puppies can receive the rabies vaccine as of three months of age.

Could my pet have a severe allergic reaction to vaccines?

Most pets experience almost no side effects from vaccines. Severe allergic reactions (swelling, hives, respiratory issues) are very rare. Generally, you will notice that your pet has less energy than usual, decreased appetite and that the injection area seems a bit sore.

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