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Kitten Vaccinations

Congratulations on your new arrival – the staff of Fairmont Animal Hospital consists of highly qualified and trained personnel, who will strive to give your new kitten the best healthcare possible. The health of your new kitten is our top priority, if you have any questions regarding their health and well-being, please feel free to call the clinic at 519-453-2940.

Kitten Vaccination Schedule

8 weeks of age

  • Initial health examination
  • Initial FVRCP vaccine (feline distemper series)
  • Fecal examination
  • Deworming

12 weeks of age

  • Health examination
  • FVRCP Booster
  • Fecal Examination
  • Deworming
  • Initial Leukemia vaccination *if applicable

16 weeks of age

  • Health examination
  • Final FVRCP booster
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Leukemia booster *if applicable
  • Fecal examination
  • Deworming

The above vaccines are part of the basic wellness vaccinations that all kittens require. Kittens that may be exposed to other cats that are not part of their regular home life, such as outdoor cats – should be vaccinated against Feline Leukemia (FLV). In cats, Feline Leukemia is a viral disease and can be transmitted through infected saliva, it can also be spread through infected urine, tears, and feces, and also through an infected mother to her kittens during gestation and nursing. We will assess your kitten’s lifestyle during their first visit with us and from there determine if the Feline Leukemia vaccination is needed.

Viral Screening

One other test that will be discussed during your kittens’ examination will be a viral screening. This test is done to ensure your kitten has not been exposed to either Feline Leukemia or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) if the test is positive this will change how we will govern your kittens’ health care. FIV is a retrovirus in the same family as the human AIDS virus, with a few significant differences. Bite wounds are generally the primary source of spreading the virus, and it is unlikely (but not impossible) that cats will spread FIV by drinking or eating out of the same food dish, or by mutual grooming. It is not surprising that outdoor cats are particularly susceptible to the virus, and the best way to prevent infection with FIV/FLV virus is to ensure that your cat stays indoors only, which eliminates the possibility of contact with FIV/FLV positive cats.

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