Feline Vaccinations

August 6th, 2014 by blueravine

Vaccinating your cat is a cornerstone of preventing disease and protecting their health. There are many different vaccinations available today.

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  • Rabies vaccine – Rabies is a fatal disease which can infect both pets and people. Because of the serious nature of rabies, our community has implemented laws requiring rabies vaccines for all dogs and cats.
  • HCP vaccine (herpesviruscaliciviruspanleukopenia virus) – also known as “RCP”
    • Feline panleukopenia, feline herpesvirus (rhinotracheitis) and feline calicivirus are all diseases commonly found in the environment. For this reason, almost all cats are at risk for these diseases, and these vaccines are considered core vaccines.
    • At Blue Ravine Animal Hospital, HCP vaccination is given to kittens as a pair of two injection 3-4 weeks apart. This injection is then good for 3 years. Adult cats who have been previously vaccinated receive a single injection which is good for 3 years.
  • Leukemia vaccine (FeLV vaccine) – Leukemia is a deadly virus of cats, transmitted by contact with other cats (usually through shared areas or cat bites). Leukemia is not considered a “core” vaccine; rather it is given to cats based on their risk of infection. Cats with exposure to unvaccinated cats, or exposure to areas that are visited by unvaccinated cats (e.g. cats that go outdoors), should be vaccinated for leukemia.

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