Any low cost pet vaccination package must have these pet vaccinations for cats.
Today you hear the term “core vaccinations”. Basically these are the protective vaccinations that are recommended for all dogs or cats. These are the must have pet vaccinations that need to be provided as part of a low cost pet vaccination package.
Rabies | A Required Pet Vaccination for Dogs and Cats
First of all, there is only one vaccination required by law and that is a Rabies vaccination.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system and is usually 100% fatal if contracted, usually through a bite from an animal carrying the virus. Thus, a Rabies vaccination not only protects your pet, but it is also protective for humans, who could potentially be bitten a rabid pet.
When to give a Rabies vaccination
The first Rabies vaccination is given at 12 – 16 weeks of age and then a booster is given either yearly or every 3 years, “a three year Rabies shot”. A “3 year Rabies shot” needs to be given after a pet receives the one year Rabies vaccination. Laws governing Rabies vaccination administration may differ from state to state. In Florida, a Rabies vaccination is to be given at 16 weeks of age and additional “booster shots” can be given either yearly or every 3 (three) years is a pet owner elects to have a “3 year shot” given.
Cat Core Vaccines | Pet Vaccinations that need to be given to all cats
Feline Distemper (Feline Panleucopenia Virus)
Two different names for the same disease.
This is a very contagious viral disease that attacks the gastrointestinal and immune systems.
Direct contact, contact through body fluids and from a contaminated environment are the means of transmission.
Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, severe depression and low white blood cell count are common findings.
There is no cure and treatment is supportive care.
The disease can move quickly, causing death in just a few days.
Prevention through vaccination is highly effective in preventing this terrible disease and should be given to all cats.
Feline Herpesvirus (FHV) or Feline Rhinotracheitis
Feline Herpesvirus(FHV) is one of two upper respiratory viruses that causes upper respiratory disease in cats. The other being Feline Calicivirus.
Symptoms can be severe with this virus. Runny eyes, runny nose which can develop into a thick nasal discharge and ulcers forming on the tongue and mouth. Infected cats will not eat and have significant difficulty breathing.
Some cats will suffer severe, life-threatening manifestations of this infection.
Prevention is through vaccination and is one of the “core” diseases to vaccinate for.
Feline Calicivirus (FCV)
Feline calicivirus (FCV) also typically causes upper respiratory disease in cats.
It is the second major virus causing respiratory infection in cats (feline herpesvirus being the other).
Calicivirus usually causes a significant conjunctivitis (red eyes with an ocular discharge).
Cats usually have mild symptoms but some will suffer more severe symptoms.
As with Feline Herpesvirus, preventative vaccination is available and is considered a ”core” vaccine all cats should receive.
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