Cat Vaccines

Cat Vaccinations

EZ Pet Clinic believes that your cat should be protected against those diseases which are most common, highly contagious and which cause serious illness. Those diseases include Feline Panleukopenia, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Chlamydophila, Rabies and, depending on lifestyle, Feline Leukemia.

Rabies

This incurable viral disease affects the central nervous system of almost all mammals, including humans. It is spread through contact with the saliva of infected animals (which can include skunks, foxes, raccoons, and bats) through bites or any break in the skin. Vaccination will provide cats with much greater resistance to rabies if they are exposed to disease. You must be aware that there is no cure once it occurs. For this reason, municipalities absolutely require that all cats receive rabies vaccinations on a regular basis.

Feline Leukemia (FeLV)

Infection with Feline Leukemia Virus can result in a multitude of serious health problems for your cat-everything from cancerous conditions such as leukemia to a wide range of secondary infections caused by the destruction of the immune system. In fact, it is the leading cause of death in North American cats. After initial exposure to the virus, a cat may show no symptoms for months, if not years. Vaccination against this potentially fatal disease is highly recommended.

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis

Just as with the human common cold, the virus that causes this upper respiratory tract infection is easily transmitted from one cat to another. Its symptoms may take the form of moderate fever, loss of appetite, sneezing, eye and nasal discharges, and coughing. Kittens are particularly affected, but this disease can be dangerous in any unprotected cat as effective treatment is limited. Even if a cat recovers, it can remain a carrier for life.

Feline Panleukopenia

Sometimes known as feline distemper, this disease is caused by a virus so resistant, it can survive up to one year outside a cat’s body! Therefore, as most cats will be exposed to it during their lifetimes and infection rates in unprotected cats can run as high as 90% to 100%, vaccination against this potentially fatal disease is absolutely essential. Symptoms can include listlessness, diarrhea, vomiting, severe dehydration, fever and death. Happily, the vaccine itself is very effective in preventing the disease as treatment is very difficult.

Feline Chlamydophila

This disease is responsible for 5% of all feline respiratory diseases. It is extremely contagious, especially in young kittens and the infection rate is very high. It causes a local infection of the mucous conjuctiva of the eyes but may also involve the lungs. Chlamydophila can be transmitted to humans by direct contact. Vaccination is preferred method of prevention.

Feline Calicivirus

This virus is another major cause of upper respiratory tract infection in cats. Widespread and highly contagious, its symptoms of fever, ulcers and blisters on the tongue and pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs) can range from mild to severe, depending on the strain of the virus present. Once again, treatment of this disease can be difficult. Even if recovery does take place, a recovered cat can continue to infect other animals, as well as experience chronic sneezing, runny eyes and severe gum disease. Vaccination is therefore tremendously important.

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