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Feline Vaccinations and Testing


Cat Vaccines and Testing

We will tailor a vaccination schedule based on your pet's needs.


Rabies


Rabies is a fatal viral disease affecting the central nervous system of all animals, including humans. It is commonly spread by contact with saliva from an infected animal - through a bite wound or a break in the skin. Rabies can be transmitted to humans through the bite or scratch of an infected pet or wild animal (skunk, raccoon, bat, fox, ect.). The rabies virus can be prevented with a vaccine.


Distemper (Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus)


Distemper (Panleukopenia) is a highly contagious viral disease.  Treatment is difficult and mortality rate is high. Symptoms include fever, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and death. Rhinotracheitis is highly contagious upper respiratory virus that causes fever, discharge from eyes and nose, trouble breathing and coughing.  Cats that recover from this virus become carriers and will spread the virus intermittently.  Calicivirus is another highly contagious upper respiratory virus.  Symptoms include fever, pneumonia and ulceration of the tongue. Cats that recover from this virus become carriers and will spread the virus intermittently.  These diseases can be prevented by vaccinating your pet with a combination vaccine.


Feline Leukemia (FeLV)


Feline Leukemia (FeLV) is a leading cause of disease and death in cats.  It breaks down the cat's immune system so he can not fight off infections he would normally be able to resist, which eventually leads to death.  Transmission depends on cat to cat contact (grooming each other, sharing food dishes, bite wounds, ect.) because the virus dies quickly outside of the cat's body. The feline leukemia virus can be prevented with a vaccine.  Cats should be tested for the virus before they are vaccinated.


FeLV/FIV Testing


FeLV/FIV testing is done by a simple blood test. FeLV/FIV testing should be done on all cats new to a household or any unvaccinated cats how may have had exposure. Kittens can be tested after 12 weeks of age.  All cats must be tested for FeLV before getting a vaccine.\

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a parasite that lives in the heart and lungs of cats and dogs. Heartworm is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.  The good news is that this disease is 100% preventable by feeding your cat or dog a monthly chewable tablet like Heartgard of Iverhart once a month.  We do recommend annual Heartworm testing for dogs, this is a simple blood test and usually have the results within 24 hours.  Heartworm disease is treatable, but it is much better for your pet to prevent it.

 

 

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