Cat Vaccinations

Along with regular health check-ups, vaccines are a very important part of an overall preventative health strategy for your furry friend. Your veterinarian will formulate a protocol based upon your cat’s lifestyle, age, travel habits, and other factors.

The following list highlights an in-depth review of vaccine recommendations and protocol based on the CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association) guidelines.



1. HCP – Core (recommended for all cats)

  • Kittens are vaccinated at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. The vaccine is boosted 1 year after the initial kitten series is complete, then re-vaccinated every 3 years thereafter.
  • Panleukopenia (Parvovirus, “Distemper”) – a frequently fatal gastrointestinal disease that causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and loss of appetite.
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Herpes Virus) – most common upper respiratory infection in a cat. Causing fever, sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge, discharge from eyes, and loss of appetite. Lifelong infection (causing waxing and waning symptoms) is possible.
  • Calicivirus – an upper respiratory infection causing fever, ulcers on the gums and tongue, sneezing, and runny eyes

2. Rabies – Core (recommended for all cats)

  • A fatal disease carried in our province by bats. Because of the human health risk, vaccination of all cats and dogs is recommended.
  • Kittens are vaccinated at 16 weeks of age. The vaccine is boosted 1 year later and then revaccinated every 3 years.

  3. Feline Leukemia – (recommended for all kittens and some adults)

  • A viral disease that causes suppression of the immune system, anemia, cancers, and death. Young cats are most frequently infected. Outdoor cats and cats that are members of multi-cat households are most at risk. Transmission is through bites, shared dishes, shared litter, and close casual contact. The course of the disease usually causes death within 2-3 years.


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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 23, 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 250-754-8822. 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: 8:45 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 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.


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.

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 Petroglyph Animal Hospital