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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 2021

Please keep in mind our holiday hours for 2021.

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Last updated: October 25, 2021

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members. As part of our due diligence, we have decided to consolidate our staff by maintaining all operations at Merritt Animal Hospital and Dresden Veterinary Clinic with a closed door policy and have our Sydenham River location open for medication/food pickup ONLY. 

The safety of our team members and clients is very important to us. As such, we will continue to follow all provincial health standards by having extensive cleaning protocols, wearing masks and gloves, and practicing physical distancing as much as possible within our teams.

Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.



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 & Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Thursday - Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday - Wednesday, 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