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To our Clients
Regarding Yearly Vaccinations:
For the Future:
Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital Feline Vaccination Schedule.
Many diseases are currently prevented through vaccination. A schedule prepared by your veterinarian can greatly contribute to good health and a longer life span for your cat. Below are the most important diseases for which vaccines are currently available.
Feline Panleukopenia (feline distemper) is among the most widespread of all cat diseases and is extremely contagious. Characterized by fever, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea, feline panleukopenia causes high death loss, particularly among kittens. Even older cats that recover from panleukopenia may never totally regain their health.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) is a highly contagious respiratory disease characterized by sneezing, loss of appetite, fever, and eye inflammation. As the disease progresses a discharge is noticeable from both nose and eyes. Although few adult cats die from FVR the death rate among kittens can range from 50 to 60 percent. Feline viral rhinotracheitis often occurs simultaneously with feline calicvirus infection.This herpes virus of cats can also cause ocular, nasal and sinus infections that are chronic and recurrent.
Feline Calicvirus (FCV) is another serious feline respiratory infection ,often occurring simultaneously with feline viral rhinotracheitis. Signs of infection are similar to FVR (fever, loss of appetite, nasal discharge),but calicivirus-infected cats may also have ulcers on the tongue. Feline calcivirus most seriously affects kittens and debilitated cats. Calicivirus infection may pave the way for other viral or bacterial agents which cause pneumonia. It has also been associated with gum infections and inflammation.
Feline Leukemia (Felv) is a viral disease that that can take several forms. Some cats have transient infections with few ill effects. Others have persistent infections varying in severity, some of which may be fatal over time by causing cancer or immune system malfunctions. Cats are most commonly exposed to feline leukemia virus though intimate contact with another infected cat. Thus the likelihood of infection is greater in multi-cat households or where cats are allowed to roam free. There is no relationship between feline leukemia and human leukemia.
We recommend testing all kittens and stray cats and vaccinating all outdoor cats for this disease.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV, Feline AIDS) is a serious cause of immune deficiency and death in cats. There is no relationship between feline AIDS and human AIDS. Although there is no available vaccine for this disease we currently recommend testing all kittens and stray cats.
8-9 weeks: FVRCP first vaccine, Felv/FIV Test, Leukemia first vaccine (if going outside)
12 weeks: FVRCP second vaccine, Leukemia second vaccine(if going outside)
16 weeks: FVRCP third Vaccine & 1 Year Rabies
1 year & older: FVRCP yearly, Rabies 3 year, Leukemia vaccine yearly(if going outside)
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