Being a responsible pet owner means more than just providing food, water, and shelter. It also means seeing that your pet is properly protected against diseases that can cause it serious illness and even death.
Many diseases that can affect cats can be prevented by proper vaccination. Our veterinarian’s vaccine and deworming schedule recommendation is as follows: This schedule should provide your pet with proper protection.
Cats are vaccinated against distemper, viral rhinotracheitis (both are highly contagious), calicivirus, and pneumonitits. It is also highly recommended that your cat be tested for feline leukemia and FIV and vaccinated if results are negative. Cats also receive a rabies vaccination.
Cats should receive their first vaccination at 6 weeks of age. They are then given a booster every 2 to 4 weeks until 15 weeks of age. At that time they are also given their rabies vaccination. After the initial series, your cat will need boosters every year to continue to provide protection. In the case of the rabies vaccination, the first vaccination is effective for 1 year; the subsequent vaccinations are good for 3 years, as long as your cat is re-vaccinated on schedule.
Kittens should be dewormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age and then quarterly per year after that. We advise an internal parasite fecal screen every 6 months. Ask a staff member to recommend a proper dewormer for your pet.
As with any vaccination, reactions may occur including but not limited to hives, swelling, itching, vomiting, diarrhea, shock and death. If your pet has ever experienced reactions to its vaccination, please advise the staff prior to administering a vaccine so that precautions may be taken. Overall, the prevalence of disease outweighs vaccination risks and vaccines are highly recommended. If you have concerns about a vaccine please speak to our staff.
We also highly recommend that your pet be spayed or neutered at 5 to 6 months of age. This will prevent any unwanted litters and make for a better pet. A healthy pet is a happy pet!