Vaccinating your cat is an effective way of preventing many important diseases. The disease risks in our region and vaccines available change with time. For maximum health and protection, we recommend a yearly physical exam with a vaccination program that considers your pet’s lifestyle and individual needs based on risk. We recommend the vaccines described below to help protect your cat.
|FVRCP is a combination vaccine that helps to protect against many different diseases.|
|Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) is the most severe and wide-spread upper respiratory infection in cats. Clinical signs include moderate fever, apppetite loss, sneezing, tearing, discharge from the eyes and nose, mouth breathing and coughing. Infection, even if successfully treated, can lead to a lifelong disease. Vaccination is extremely important.|
Feline Calicivirus (FCV) is another virus that affects the respiratory system. It accounts for 40%
of all respiratory diseases in cats. The severity of infection may vary, but symptoms most often include moderate fever, ulcers and blisters on the tongue. Even if seccessfully treated, cats infected with FCV can become chronic virus carriers with lifelong clinical signs of sneezing and runny eyes.
Feline Panleukopenia (also known as Feline Distemper) is a widespread disease that is often fatal. Since most cats are likely to be exposed to Panleukopenia in their lifetime, vacination against this illness is of key importance. Clinical signs of Feline Panleukopenia include fever,
depression, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea.
|Rabies vaccination is required for all dogs and cats – even if they stay indoors.|
|Rabies virus attacks the nervous system resulting in a fatal disease. All mammals are susceptible to the infection – including humans. The disease is a major global health hazard, so it is extremely important that your pets be vaccinated.|
FeLV vaccine is recommended annually for all cats until 2 years of age. After this age, cats who are at risk due to contact with other cats or going outside should continue to receive this vaccine every year.
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) infections are found in cats worldwide. This retrovirus infection is commonly spread among cats that live together. The virus can also be spread from mother to kittens, and among cats that fight. It is mainly spread through saliva when cats groom each other, and when food and water bowls are shared. This virus is associated with a variety of clinical signs as it can lead to low red blood cells (anemia) or cancer and can impact quality of life and longevity. In North America, about 4% of tested cats are found to be infected with FeLV.