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Kitten Vaccinations

Vaccinating your new kitten is one of the first things you can do to help your kitten live a long and healthy life. Vaccines help your kitten develop an immunity to many different diseases that they may encounter.

When should kittens get their first vaccination?

Our policy is to administer the first kitten vaccine at 8 weeks. They will receive their first FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia) vaccine at this time.

How often does my kitten need to be vaccinated?

Your kitten will be vaccinated every 4 weeks for their initial booster series. The first FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia) vaccine is done at 8 weeks, then a second at 12 weeks old and a final booster at 16 weeks. The first rabies vaccine will be done between 12-16 weeks.

Does my kitten only need core vaccines?

The only required vaccines for kittens are FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia) and rabies. However, we do strongly recommend the Feline Leukemia vaccine for any kitten that will have exposure to other cats.


Holiday Hours for 2020

The holidays are fast approaching! Please keep in mind our holiday hours outlined below:

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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We will now see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:



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


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.


Merritt Animal Hospital:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dresden Veterinary Clinic:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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

- Your D.M.S Group Veterinary Team