Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats

Vaccinating your pets is an important step in protecting them against preventable diseases. By jumpstarting your pet’s immune system to create antibodies, vaccines help them fight against potential infections. It’s important to start vaccinating your kittens as early as possible so they can receive subsequent booster shots as they get older, helping them to be fully immunized against certain diseases. Our team will consult with you about the vaccinations to support your pet’s health.

Why does my pet need vaccines?

Vaccines are beneficial for your pet because they help them build immunity against harmful and fatal diseases. Some widespread diseases can cause irreparable harm to your pet, impacting their quality of life. To ensure your pet lives the longest life possible, it’s important to use the advancements of modern medicine to our advantage. Vaccines are usually given to kittens before they turn 5-months old, followed by booster shots as they grow into adult cats.

What are core vaccines?

Core vaccines are the ones our veterinary team will recommend to protect your pet against the most contagious diseases. Non-core vaccines are recommended if your pet is at high risk for contracting some diseases based on factors like their environment. Core vaccines we recommend provide protection against:

  • Feline Panleukopenia (Cat flu): Causes symptoms like vomiting, fever and can be fatal.
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Herpes virus) and Calicivirus: Causes cold-like symptoms like runny eyes and nose.
  • Rabies: Causes fatal brain and spinal cord damage.
  • Feline Leukemia Virus: Causes a range of health issues like tumours. Kittens under one are most likely to get the disease but adult cats who regularly go outside should also get the vaccine.

    Are there other options besides vaccines?

    Vaccines are the best way to protect your pet against fatal diseases. Though there are some risks involved in vaccinating your pet, we believe the pros far outweigh the potential cons. If you need further information about the vaccines we recommend for your pet as well as if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 403.335.3519.

  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Didsbury Veterinary Services