VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital
cat health and wellness

Cat Vaccinations

Cat vaccinations are critical to the well-being of your cat and to help protect them from potentially deadly infectious diseases. We recommend:

  • Giving core cat vaccinations which include panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and rabies. These core vaccines are recommended for all cats and kittens. A feline leukemia cat vaccination may also be recommended.
  • Starting a kitten vaccination schedule between 6 and 9 weeks of age to begin proper lifelong protection.
  • Giving two physical examinations with kitten vaccinations every 3 weeks thereafter. This time interval allows for maximum immune response and therefore, the best protection.
  • Boostering cats one year after the kitten vaccinations.
  • Performing cat vaccinations thereafter every 1 to 3 years (or as recommended by your VCA veterinarian) depending on your cats lifestyle and risk factors

There are several non-core cat vaccinations available for protection against diseases such as FeLV, FIV, FIP, chlamydiosis, and bordetellosis in cats. These cat vaccinations are recommended only in special circumstances, dependent on the exposure risk of an individual cat to the particular infectious disease.

Although reactions and side effects of cat vaccinations are possible, they are rare. The very small risk of a vaccine reaction is greatly outweighed by the benefit of protection against serious disease. Call us or come in for more information on proper vaccination for your cat. Ask about our Best Care Little Bundles program which covers kitten vaccinations and other important healthcare items for your kitten.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

OUR EMERGENCY NUMBER - 703-823-3601

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital is here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can count on our critical care team to be here when you need them the most.

Your pet's health deserves the finest care. Each member of our team strives for the advancement of veterinary medicine. When you bring your pet to us, you can be certain you will receive the dedication and compassion that makes our hospital stand out in patient care. 

Please call us at 703-823-3601 immediately if you believe your pet is experiencing an emergency.

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