Feline Vaccines

Core & Non-core

Immunity/Immune System

Protects the animal from potentially harmful organisms that are trying to invade.

Core

Panleukopenia

Signs & Symptoms:

GI ulceration, diarrhea, dehydration, fever, appetite loss.

How is it spread?

Enters body through the mouth and nose or other body secretions.

Is it treatable?

Yes. This is treated with antibiotics and aggressive I.V. fluid therapy.

Vaccine Schedule:

Starting out it is given 2-4 weeks apart, last dose at 14 weeks of age, booster given at 1 year, then given every 3 years.

Calicivirus

Signs & Symptoms:

Runny eyes/nose, sneezing, depression, no appetite, ulcers on tongue, excessive drooling.

How is it spread?

By swallowing or inhaling the virus (respiratory secretions).

Is it treatable?

Yes. This disease lasts about 1-4 weeks. It is treated with supportive care, aggressive I.V. fluid therapy, antibiotics and the cat is fed soft food or is given a feeding tube.

Vaccine Schedule:

Starting out it is given 2-4 weeks apart, last dose at 14 weeks of age, booster given at 1 year, then given every 3 years.

Feline Herpesvirus 1 (rhinotracheitis)

Signs & Symptoms:

Sneezing, runny nose/eyes, coughing.

How is it spread?

Shed from infected eyes, nose and mouth. A cat can get this disease from an object that has the disease on it.

Is it treatable?
Yes. It is treated through supportive care, isolation, antibiotics and eye ointment. Normally the cat should recover with in 7-10 days.

Vaccine Schedule:

Starting out it is given 2-4 weeks apart, last dose at 14 weeks of age, booster given at 1 year, then given every 3 years.

Rabies

Signs & Symptoms:

Cat is aggressive or won't act itself and is unable to swallow.

How is it spread?

Through saliva.

Is it treatable?

No. This disease has no cure once it has reached the saliva.

Vaccine Schedule:

Given at 12 weeks old, repeated at 1 year and then given every 3 years.

Non-Core

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

Signs & Symptoms:

Blood disorders, cancer and immune deficiency. If you see any of these signs in your cat then please bring it in!

How is it spread?

Through the saliva of infected cats, infected blood or from the mother to her kittens.

Is it treatable?

Sometimes. There is no effective treatment, only supportive care can be given.

Vaccine Schedule:

Given at 12 weeks old, booster in 3 weeks, 1 year vaccine, then given every 3 years.

Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV)

Signs & Symptoms:

Loss of appetite, poor coat, inflammation, immune deficiency and secondary infections. The cat can appear normal for years. If you see any of these signs in your cat then please bring it in!

How is it spread?

Bite wounds.

Is it treatable?

Yes, but the vaccine is not fully protective therefor it is only given at high risk.

Vaccine Schedule:

Given at 12 weeks of age, booster in 3 weeks, 1 year vaccine, then given every 3 years.