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Feline Vaccine

feline-vaccineFeline Vaccinations

Cat immunizations recommended at Cornerstone Animal Hospital include Feline Panleukopenia (feline distemper), Rabies, Feline Rhinotracheitis (FVRCP), Calicivirus and Feline Leukemia.

At Cornerstone Animal Hospital the following vaccination protocol is used as part of the complete preventive health management. For more details or clarification about feline vaccination protocol, please visit www.aafp.com

Kitten

The Feline Rhinotracheitis vaccine is recommended for every cat at least 7 weeks old and booster vaccinations are recommended every 3-4 weeks. The veterinarians at Cornerstone Animal Hospital strongly recommend testing every cat for Feline Leukemia/Feline AIDS unless previously tested. If tested negative, the cat should be vaccinated when they are at least 7-9 weeks old and should be given a booster vaccination within 3-4 weeks. FeLV, FVRCP and Rabies vaccines are repeated every year.

Adults Felines

Adult cats who have not previously been vaccinated should receive initial vaccinations (FVRCP, FeLV and Rabies) and should be tested for FeLV/ FIV. They need to return in 3 to 4 weeks for booster vaccinations (FVRCP and FeLV). Then FeLV, FVRCP and Rabies vaccines are repeated every year.

Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus

This virus is an extremely common cause of respiratory disease and often results in chronic infection with intermittent recurrences that can cause respiratory and sometimes eye disease. It is spread through airborne respiratory secretions and direct contact with a carrier cat or contaminated objects. Unvaccinated cats, very young cats, and very old cats are most susceptible to this virus.

Calicivirus

This is a common viral infectious respiratory disease that can cause mouth sores resulting in severe oral pain. It is spread by direct contact with an infected cat or by contact with contaminated objects. The virus is very resistant to disinfectants and persists in its environment. Unvaccinated and inadequately vaccinated cats of all ages are at risk.

Feline Panleukopenia

This is a severe, highly infectious, and sometimes fatal disease that effects the gastrointestinal tract, the immune system, and the nervous system. This virus spreads by direct contact with infected cats or by contact with viral particles in the environment. Unvaccinated and inadequately vaccinated cats of all ages are at risk.

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

This is a retrovirus that infects cats. FeLV can be transmitted from infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved. If it is not defeated by the animal’s immune system, the virus can cause diseases which can be lethal.

Cat FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)

When cats infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), they may not show symptoms until years after the initial infection occurred. Although the virus is slow to act, a cat’s immune system is severely weakened once the disease takes hold. This makes the cat susceptible to various secondary infections. Infected cats receive supportive medical care and are kept in a stress-free, indoor environment can live relatively comfortable lives for months to years before the disease reaches its chronic stages. Unfortunately there are no fully effective vaccines available against FIV now.


Kitten Schedule FVRCP Feline Leukemia (FELV) Rabies
7-8 weeks 1st set 1st set
10-12 weeks Booster Booster
13-16 weeks Booster Once a year
Adult

>16 Weeks

(or whenever vaccinated first)

1st set 1st set Once a year
3-4 weeks from 1stset Booster Booster
1 year Revaccinate Revaccinate Revaccinate
2 year Revaccinate yearly Revaccinate yearly Revaccinate yearly

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