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Cat Vaccinations

Vaccines are the best defence against preventable diseases. They stimulate the immune system to protect your cat throughout their life. Vaccinations have increased the life span and decreased deaths in millions of cats. They also prevent disease for humans as rabies is transmissible to people too.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?


Yes. Cats that are indoors ideally should be vaccinated for FVRCP, Rabies and Feline Leukemia. While indoor cats are not usually in danger of contracting rabies or leukemia, they could be in contact with a new cat to the household or escape from the house, where they could be at risk.

What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?


At McKnight, we believe that all vaccines are core vaccines for cats. The FVRCP (Core vaccines include Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper), Feline Calicivirus, Feline Herpesvirus (Rhinotracheitis), Feline Leukemia, and Rabies are all important vaccines to have.

How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?


Most vaccines can be on a rotation every 3 years but Rabies is yearly.

Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?


Some side effects may include but are not limited to; fever, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lameness, hives, swelling or redness around the injection site. Most cats do not experience any side effects.

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Last updated: August 20, 2021

McKnight Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, McKnight Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building.

NOTICE: Our hours of operation have changed. We sincerely appreciate your patience, kindness and understanding during this time. 

Urgent care services are available 24 hours a day from Sunday to Wednesday. Unavailable after-hours/overnight Thursday to Saturday. 
Walk-in clinic is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. 
Saturdays, we are open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm for food and prescription pick-ups only. 

For urgent care/emergency outside of our hours, please contact:

1. Fish Creek Hospital (403) 873-1700
2. Western Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Centre (403) 770 -1340
3. VCA Canada CARE Centre (403) 520-8387
4. Southern Alberta Veterinary Emergency (403) 995-3270

For non urgent care, contact:

1. Edgemont Veterinary Clinic (403) 239-4657
2. Airdrie Animal Clinic (403) 948-3619

EMERGENCY CASES

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.

Reminder: Wait times are very long so please be patient with us as we do our best to accommodate everyone. Polite and courteous treatment of staff is required. We are trying our best to provide care for your pets. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

- Your McKnight Veterinary Team