Annual physical exams are important for tracking
Later in life (10+) we screen for geriatric diseases through both physical exam and diagnostic tests. Vaccine protocals are decided at the annual exam on a case by case basis. Rabies vaccine is required by law.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus (upper respiratory viruses in FVRCP) can be very serious and are highly contagious. These viruses are airborne so they can come in through open windows or can be carried in on your clothing. Panleukopenia (the P in FVRCP), also known as distempter, is a serious gastrointestinal virus and is often fatal in kittens. The Cat Clinic uses an intranasal vaccine rather than an injectible vaccine. The vaccine is administered with one drop in each nostril. It gives the cat local as well as systemic protection without the risk of vaccine fibrosarcomas. It is generally started at 6-8 weeks of age and boostered three weeks later. After that, it should be boostered yearly.
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLv) is a commonly fatal disease which can manifest itself in a number of ways. The most common manifestations are cancer of the blood cells resulting in severe anemia and tumor formation. The virus is spread from cat to cat through body fluids. Because the feline leukemia virus is only transmitted by direct contact, this vaccine is only recommended if your cat goes outside or if you plan to bring other cats into your household with unknown or positive feline leukemia status.
Rabies vaccine is required by law. Rabies is a disease that can be transmitted to people and is fatal. The vaccine can be administered as early as twelve weeks of age and then boostered yearly. The Cat Clinic uses a non-adjuvented vaccine, specially formulated for felines. This vaccine is a safer alternative to the adjuvented one commonly used in dogs, which has been associated with fibrosarcomas in cats.
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