GPH Position Statement on Vaccination - Feline

Gateway Pet Hospital supports the use of vaccination against infectious disease in dogs and cats.  Our vaccination protocols are designed based on latest information about local disease risk.  We design our protocols using the most recent professional guidelines and duration of immunity studies.  We tailor our protocols to each pet based on the needs of the pet and the pet’s family.

Key Points:

  • Vaccines play in important role in the health and welfare of pets and humans.
  • Vaccines registered for use in Canada have been tested for safety and efficacy
  • The vaccination needs of every patient is assessed regularly and adjusted as needed


Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel:


How do vaccinations work? 

Vaccinations contain very small amounts of virus or bacteria that have been modified so that they can not cause disease. They stimulate the body’s immune system to develop protection against that disease. If the body is later exposed to that disease, it will quickly be able to respond and destroy that disease-causing virus or bacteria.

How often are vaccines necessary?

Research is always ongoing to study duration of immunity to vaccinations.  Re-vaccination intervals are currently set to ensure that populations of pets remain protected against life threatening diseases. Blood tests called titres can be used to determine antibody levels in your pet and help guide vaccination intervals. However, titre levels do not always accurately reflect the pet’s immunity and can be expensive. Talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s vaccine intervals. 

What vaccines are given to my cat?

-Vaccinations are often written in a short form that uses 1 or 2 letters to represent one of the antigens. Below is a list of the most common canine vaccinations.

R (or FVP) – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
– Calicivirus
– Parinfluenza virus
– Rabies

Rabies is required by Law in Ontario, and proof of up-to-date Rabies vaccination is require for boarder crossings, dog licencing and most training, daycare, boarding or grooming facilities.

FeLeuk– Feline leukemia virus

Vaccination against feline leukemia is recommended for all cats that spend time outdoors. It is spread by contact with other cats. 


Kittens < 20 weeks of age:

-FVRCP starting at 6-8 weeks and repeating every 4 weeks for a minimum of 2 doses until 16-20 weeks of age. 

   Typical vaccination protocol:                 

      8 weeks: FVRCP                                    
      12 weeks: FVRCP +/- Feleuk
      16 weeks: FVRCP + Rabies +/- Feleuk  

Kittens/Cats >/= 20 weeks of age that have not had an initial kitten series: 

RCP +/- Feleuk given as 2 doses, 3-4 weeks apart.
Purevax Rabies 1 year vaccine

   Typical Protocol

      Initial: FVRCP + Purevax Rabies 1 year +/- Feleuk
      Booster 3-4 weeks later: FVRCP +/- Feleuk

1 year booster

Regardless of age, all INITIAL vaccination series must be followed by a booster 1 year later

   Typical Protocol

      FVRCP + Purevax Rabies (1 year or 3 year) +/- Feleuk

> 2 years of age (1 year after the 1 year booster)

FVRCP every 3 years.
Rabies either every 1 year or every 3 years depending or product given
Feleuk yearly.

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