Annual Visit and Vaccines for Your Cat
Vaccinations are an important part of your pet's care. There are many diseases that your pet will not have a natural immunity to. The diseases that we vaccinate against can be deadly, and very costly to treat. Since each pet's environment is so different, we can tailor your cat's vaccines depending on your situation.
Exams are important to do before any vaccines are given since an illness or disease can decrease your cat's immunity and cause the vaccine to not take the full effect. For more information on what is included in your pet's check-up, click on Examinations.
Rabies Vaccines are required by the state of Texas and is important for public health. We carry an annual vaccine specially made for cats to decrease adverse reactions. The vaccine is injected under the skin. There is a personal liability component as well, since in some cases a pet could be held in a quarantine situation after it bit or scratched someone, even if unprovoked. These are state rules and the local authorities could get involved, especially if the pet was running loose or off leash.
It can be hard to keep a collar on a cat, but if they will wear one, be sure and put the rabies tag you will receive from us on our cat's collar. We have had many happy reunions of found cats to their owners by searching our database for the pet's tag number.
Distemper Combination (FVRCP) vaccine is a combination of 3 vaccines in 1 small vial. It lasts one year and is injected in the muscle. It contains protection against:
Feline Rhinotracheitis virus (FVR)is a severe upper respiratory infection that is most dangerous to young kittens and older cats. The virus is extremely contagious to cats, and is caused by a feline herpes virus. FVR can leave some cats with permanent respiratory system and optical damage.
Calcivirus(C). There are several different strains of calcivirus, causing a range of illness from mild infection to life-threatening pneumonia. The more dangerous strains can be deadly to young kittens and older cats. Calcivirus is transmitted through direct contact with an infected cat
Panleukopenia(P), also known as feline distemper. It is a highly contagious disease that moves very quickly through the system. It is caused by a parvovirus similar to the parvovirus seen in dogs. As many as ninety percent of young kittens (under six months old) with panleukopenia do not survive the virus. The disease is most severe in young kittens but can affect cats of all ages. espiratory disease and is highly contagious.
Feline Leukemia Vaccine or FLV- One of the most dangerous infectious diseases in cats today is caused by feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Feline leukemia is a retrovirus that causes suppression of the immune system, impairing a cat's ability to fight infections. It may also cause anemia, leukemia and some forms of cancer. It is a contagious disease spread from cat to cat by blood and saliva. The most common method of spread is by bite wounds. This is an important vaccine to have if your cat goes outside, or exposed to another cat who goes outisde, where they could be exposed to this virus from an infected cat.
Fecal (stool) Test requires a fresh stool sample we can often get from your pet while here. We add a saline solution to it, letting the solution sit with a microscope slide on top, and check for intestinal parasites by viewing the slide under the microscope. That is the fecal float test, so-called because if there are any parasite eggs, they will "float" up to the surface.
The direct fecal smear does not require any saline and can help see bacteria or parasites not seen on the float. We take about an eight of a teaspoon of feces and smear it onto a microscope slide, then view it under the microscope.
We would rather get a sample that is 1 hour or so old. You can bring in a sample yourself or we can use the plastic rod (known as a fecal loop) to get a sample at your visit. Both of these test take about 10 minutes to run.
Be sure and tell us if your pet ever seemed ill after a vacination. We will flag your record so that we can take steps next year to minimize a reaction. Vaccine reactions can occur on any symptoms can be soreness, lethargy or even more severe symptoms. call our office right away if you see any of these signs.