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The Power of Giving
Never underestimate the power of giving. It shines like a beacon throughout
humanity. It cuts through the oceans that divide us and brightens
the lives of all it touches. One of life’s greatest laws is that
you cannot hold a torch to light anothers path…
without brightening your own.
A Quick Guide to Cat Vaccines
Vaccines have saved many cats’ lives. It is important to vaccinate against serious or deadly viruses.
Vaccination recommendations are based on these factors:
- the age of the cat
- what the cat is exposed to(whether she lives solely indoors or goes outside)
- local laws(in the case of rabies)
Core vaccines are those that are recommended for all cats
Feline panleukopenia: This deadly disease affects the gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow. The virus is shed in the feces and it is long lived in the environment. Sadly, even with hospitalIzation and intensive care; many infected cats die from this disease.
Feline herpesvirus: This virus causes conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers and nasal congestion. It Is not generally life threatening but once a cat is infected with herpes; he remains infected for life. Stress or illness can cause a flare-up of upper respiratory signs.
Feline calicivirus: The most common symptoms of this virus are nasal congestion and tongue ulcers which can make it difficult for a cat to eat. While they are sick; many cats need supportive care such as fluids injected under the skin and supplemental feeding via a syringe or feeding tube.
Rabies: This is uniformly fatal to cats but rabies can also be infectious to humans and other mammals. Rabies vaccination is required by law in most areas of the United States.
Vaccination against the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is highly recommended for cats who go outside. The virus can cause cancer, autoimmune disease, bone marrow suppression and neurologic disease. Transmission occurs via direct contact - such as grooming, shared litter boxes and shared food bowls - with a FeLV positive cat.
General Vaccination Schedule – First Year
Protection against panleukopenia, herpes and calici are included in one vaccine called FVRCP.
FVRCP vaccinations are given at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks. Rabies vaccination is given at 16 weeks.
FeLV vaccinations(if indicated) are given at 8 weeks and 12 weeks. This is a general vaccination schedule
For a cat’s first year. Your veterinarian will create a plan that is best for your cat.
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