A possible outbreak of a virus affecting cats is serving as a reminder to make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date.

Dr. Roxane Neufeld from the Dauphin Vet Clinic tells CKDM the Feline Panleukopenia virus is suspected to be behind a recent string of sick cats in the Dauphin area. 

She says the warning signs include vomiting and diarrhea — adding that it can be a pretty nasty virus, affecting younger kittens more than older cats. 

“It’s one of those things that we vaccinate against, so if we could just get our cat population up to date on vaccinations — and those that we don’t want to have litters, get them spayed and neutered — we wouldn’t be seeing the problem,” says Dr. Neufeld.

To make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, you can call the Dauphin Vet Clinic at 204-638-3044.

“Vaccination is hugely important. Kittens need to start being vaccinated by 6-8 weeks of age, and we vaccinate them every 3-4 weeks until they're 4 months old."