Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Kitten Vaccinations

Kitten vaccinations are given at a critical period in the kitten’s life when they are no longer receiving immunity through nursing. These vaccines jump start their immune system to ward off potentially life-threatening disease processes.

When do kittens get their first shots?

At West Hill Animal Clinic, we typically give kittens their first vaccines around 8 weeks of age.

How often does my kitten need vaccines?

As a general rule of thumb, kitten vaccines are administered at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. At this time, core vaccines are given, with the option to start receiving non-core vaccines.

Does my kitten only need core vaccines?

Upon further discussion with your veterinarian, non-core vaccines may also be given at this time, depending on your lifestyle and your cat’s exposure.

Are there any risks associated with vaccines?

Occasionally, some animals will experience mild reactions to vaccines. The most common side effect of being vaccinated is lethargy which typically, only lasts for a day. Other reactions may include vomiting, diarrhea or sometimes even facial swelling. If your cat is experiencing what you may think is a vaccine reaction, please call the clinic for advice on what you should do.

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Last updated: September 28, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective September 28th, 2020 we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am – 1:00 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!

Your dedicated team at West Hill Animal Clinic