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Kitten Vaccinations

Vaccinating your kitten is very important to help prevent them from getting diseases. At Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital, we recommend vaccinating your kitten at 8, 12, & 16 weeks of age to keep their immunity strong against feline upper respiratory tract disease, feline distemper virus, and feline leukemia virus. When you bring your Kitten, along with the vaccinations your kitten will get a nose to tail wellness exam and a dewormer will be sent home.

When do kittens get their first vaccinations?

Your kitten requires the feline distemper, upper respiratory, and leukemia vaccinations at 8 weeks of age. A “booster” vaccination is required at 12 & 16 weeks of age. This series of vaccinations are very important because they help build up immunity against the diseases if your kitten comes in contact with them. Along with the vaccinations, your kitten will receive a nose to tail wellness exam, and a dewormer will be sent home.

How often do my kittens need vaccines?

Kittens require vaccinations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. As a kitten, they are more susceptible to contracting diseases, so it is important to follow our veterinarian’s vaccine protocol. Vaccinating your kitten at 8, 12 & 16 weeks builds their immunity, so they stay protected against diseases. If your kitten has been vaccinated before 8 weeks the mother’s antibodies are still present and it’s like the vaccination never happened. If you have any questions regarding vaccinations for your kitten, please contact us.

Does my kitten need only core vaccines?

FVRCP (feline upper respiratory and distemper) is a core vaccine, whereas feline leukemia is a non-core vaccine. We strongly recommend having your kitten vaccinated against feline leukemia. It is easily transmitted from cat to cat through biting, sharing bowls, and grooming. The other downfall is that there is no cure. The FVRCP and Feline leukemia are combined into one syringe, so your kitten requires only one injection to get the extra protection. The staff at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital are available to answer any questions you have regarding vaccinating your kitten.

Are there any risks associated with vaccines?

Occasionally, as with people, the leg where the vaccine is given may be a bit sore. In extremely rare cases kittens can have a reaction which causes vomiting, diarrhea and a swollen face. If your kitten has a reaction to a vaccine, please contact us.

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Dear Clients,

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 protocols, our veterinary hospital is returning to a Closed-Door Policy effective immediately.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

3. PAYMENT METHODS

Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.

4. CHANGES TO CURBSIDE PICKUP

With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. Masks are mandatory in hospital at all times. No exceptions. Please use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. Maximum of two people in the reception area at all times.
  5. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  6. Your order will be ready with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items.

5. ONLINE ORDERING 

Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!

6. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

7. NEW PET OWNERS

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.

8. OPERATION HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

We will always be here, so your pet will continue to receive the care they deserve. With this new system, we will provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members. This protocol may take longer; however, it is something we have to do to keep our community safe. With that in mind, please be extra patient and kind to our team members. These circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team. Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of Covid-19. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 403-342-6040. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital