Kitten Shots in Rio Rancho – All You Need to Know
At Coronado Pet Hospital, we offer a variety of kitten shots to keep your pet healthy and safe. Our team is always available to answer any questions you may have.
We offer a variety of vaccinations, including:
Rabies: This is a fatal disease that can affect any mammal, including humans. Most cities, including Rio Rancho, require that all cats and dogs are vaccinated against rabies. All kittens should be vaccinated for rabies starting at 12 weeks and every one to three years thereafter.
Feline Rhinotracheitis: Otherwise known as feline herpes, this is a virus that may lay dormant in the affected cat and flare up during times of stress. Symptoms of infection include lethargy, sneezing, and nasal and ocular discharge. Severe cases, especially in kittens, can lead to corneal ulcers or pneumonia.
Calicivirus: This is a virus that can cause respiratory infections, eye damage, and mouth ulcers in cats.
Panleukopenia: Very similar to parvovirus in puppies, this virus can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting in cats. Once infected, it is very difficult to treat, so prevention is key!
These three vaccinations are normally given in a combination shot in a booster series. Just like with puppies, this series should be started about 7-8 weeks of age, continuing until the cat is about 16 weeks old. It should be boostered every one to three years after that. Kittens should be vaccinated against this combination of viruses if they are at risk for exposure, such as if they go outside or if they live in a multi-cat household.
Feline leukemia: This is a virus that can cause severe depression of the immune system in cats. It is over 80% fatal within three or four years of infection. It is spread through contact with infected saliva, blood, or feces. Kittens should be vaccinated for feline leukemia if they are at risk for exposure, such as if they go outside or if they live in a multi-cat household. Kittens can be vaccinated at 8-12 weeks, with a booster 3-4 weeks later and every 1 or 2 years thereafter.