Rabies vaccine is important for both indoor and outdoor cats as we discussed in our last post. Even indoor cats have a risk of being exposed to wildlife that finds their way indoors. As many know, some cats do not like being at the veterinary clinic. Others are very tolerant, but when they are painful or ill they may not appreciate our attempt to help. If your cat bites you or a member of the veterinary team while in the clinic we are required to report it to public health, whether your pet is vaccinated or not. Being vaccinated makes the incident less concerning to public health as it prevents the risk of people being exposed to rabies.
Rhinotracheitis and feline calicivirus
Feline rhinotracheitis or herpes virus and feline calicivirus are both upper respiratory system virus that often cause upper respiratory tract infections in cats and kittens. Symptoms include sneezing, eye and nose discharge, and can be severe in young kittens or unvaccinated animals that may develop a fever and become uninterested in food. These are viruses that we can’t cure, and cats will often have an outbreak if they become stressed. Most of the cat population is affected with upper respiratory tract infections, but vaccinating them helps to minimize their symptoms and their outbreaks.
Panleukopenia virus is a very similar virus to parvovirus in puppies. Panleukopenia virus causes very ill cats and kittens that develop vomiting and watery diarrhea, and small kittens will quickly become dehydrated. This virus can also be fatal, especially if left untreated, and it is highly contagious.
non-core vaccine - feline leukemia
Weekends, Holidays and After-hours we are available 24 hours daily 365 days a year at our location for local service by your veterinary team. Please call our office in case of emergency.
Please note - Weekend, Holiday and After-hour service is offered only to current clientele who have not transferred their files to another facility and whose animals are a patient of our practice that has been examined by one of our doctors in the past 24 months.
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