Cat Vaccinations

At South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital, we know how important it is for your cat to live a healthy life. Annual exams together with vaccinations are an important part of their health care. During your annual visit, we can assess your furry family member’s physical health and assist you in deciding on different vaccines that he or she may need.

Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?

We know that one of the reasons you have an indoor cat is to keep them safe. Did you know that even indoor cats can be exposed to viruses that we may carry in on our clothing or shoes? While cats who live solely indoors and don’t come in contact with other cats have little risk of exposure to feline leukemia and may not need this vaccination, rabies is a concern in B.C. because of our bat population. Therefore, even indoor cats can be at risk. During your appointment, our veterinarians will be happy to discuss all of the options with you and work on a vaccine plan that is suited to you and your cat.

What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?

FVRCP is the main vaccine given to cats and it is considered a core vaccine. It covers the following:

  • Feline herpesvirus-1/feline viral rhinotracheitis: Causes infectious respiratory disease and lifelong infection that leads to recurrent flare-ups.
  • Calicivirus: Also causes respiratory disease, often characterized by oral and nasal ulcers.
  • Panleukopenia: Causes life-threatening blood cell deficiencies, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.

Additional vaccines (non-core) that cats may need based on their lifestyle include:

  • Rabies: In B.C., rabies is a concern in our bat population, and even indoor cats can be at risk for exposure.
  • Feline leukemia: Can cause a lifelong infection that leads to a weakened immune system and chronic illness.
  • Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV): Contracted when a cat is bitten during a cat fight, FIV causes immunosuppression and chronic illness.

How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?

Vaccines are given based on your cat’s lifestyle. Our veterinarians are happy to discuss your cat’s risks and come up with a recommendation during your annual appointment.

Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?

Vaccinations are the most reliable method of disease prevention and pose a few risks. As with us when we get a flu vaccine, it is not uncommon for cats to feel lethargic after a vaccination. If you have any concerns, feel free to ask our veterinary team.

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing health crisis, we have suspended our pet boarding services until further notice, and we are not accepting new patients at this time due to higher than normal case-loads. Thank you for your understanding.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her. Whenever possible, please send someone who is not experiencing respiratory symptoms to the appointment with your pet.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 604-526-0334. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telemedicine consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to your vehicle. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. Where possible, we will do our best to accommodate annual vaccinations; however, all other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency).


Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital