We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Kitten Vaccinations

If you have recently added a new kitten to your family, you might be wondering when he/she should be vaccinated. Kittens obtain passive immunity from their mothers, through the placenta and colostrum. However, it is important to follow the kitten vaccination protocol, as the antibodies will only be sufficient for a few weeks and then the kitten will be susceptible to disease.

When should kittens get their vaccinations?


The vaccination protocol for kittens is a series of three sets, each four weeks apart. Kittens should be vaccinated at eight weeks, twelve weeks and sixteen weeks of age. These booster vaccines will ensure that your kitten can produce the proper antibodies to reach disease immunity. The final set of vaccines will include the rabies vaccine, as it only needs to be given once and it is best to do it at an older age.

Which vaccines will my kitten receive?


Your kitten will be receiving the standard vaccinations, which will protect against Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, panleukopenia, coronavirus (FIP), feline leukemia and rabies.

Kittens will not receive the feline leukemia vaccine, until their twelve and sixteen-week boosters and rabies will only be given once at their final vaccination (sixteen weeks).

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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 519.631.0430. 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.

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: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, & Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 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.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

6. 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 Elgin Animal Hospital