Vaccines for Cats (Feline)
The following is a general list of the vaccines available for your cat and a brief description of what they vaccinate against and which patient may benefit from the vaccine, as well as recommended vaccination schedule.
Feline parvovirus, feline herpesvirus-1, feline calicivirus This vaccine should be given to kittens at 6-8 weeks, and every 3-4 weeks until the kitten is 12 weeks old. This vaccine should be repeated at one year and then every three years there after. Unvaccinated adult cats would be vaccinated twice, 3-4 weeks apart and then one year later, then every three years. Also, titers (blood analysis that reveals the level of the patients immunity to these diseases) could be checked every three years to establish whether the cat needs to be vaccinated.
- Rabies – Vaccine is highly recommended for all cats. It is given at approximately 16 weeks of age and then yearly after.
- Feline Leukemia Virus – Vaccine is recommended for cats that are allowed outdoors or are in an environment where exposure to a FeLV positive cat is possible. It is given in two (2) doses, four weeks apart and repeated annually.
- Chlamydophila felis – Not recommended. Only considered in multiple cat households where C.felis infections have been documented.
- Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) – Not recommended at this time.
- Bordetella bronchseptica – Not recommended. Only considered in multiple cat households where C.felis infections have been documented.
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) – two to three doses three weeks apart, then annually. Not recommended routinely, unless cats are allowed outdoor access or are in a household with potential FIV exposure.
- Giardia lamblia is not recommended unless cat is being introduced to a known G.lamblia infectious environment.
Your pet was vaccinated today at Veterinary Care Specialists. Most pets that receive vaccines do not demonstrate reactions to their vaccines. However, vaccine reactions can occur.
Here are some signs of a vaccine reaction:
Lethargy and fever
: If a fever rises above 103F or persists longer than 1-2 hours, please have your pet re-evaluated.
Rash or hives, facial swelling
: If this occurs we recommend you have the pet re-evaluated, medications can be administered that will diminish the allergic response and prevent it from affecting your pets ability to breath and swallow.
: A single incidence of vomiting is acceptable, but should it persist, please return to the hospital.
: Return to the hospital immediately.
Vaccine reactions are rare and usually mild, but if you have any questions it is always best that you call.
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