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Feline Vaccinations


Feline Calicivirus
Calicivirus is a common disease, especially in outdoor cats and shelter animals. It often causes an upper respiratory infection (coughing, sneezing, nasal and ocular discharge), but signs can become more severe depending on the strain of the virus and the immune status of the affected cat. This disease is commonly spread through cat to cat contact, but can be spread in the air as well, making it important to vaccinate all cats for, even cats that only live indoors. Even if a cat is not showing signs, it can carry the virus or many months or years and continue to spread it to other cats.


Feline Panleukopenia

Feline Panleukopenia is a very serious disease caused by the Feline Parvovirus and is often fatal. It causes severe lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and a severe decrease in white blood cells in the body, which does not allow the immune system to work properly. It lives a long time in the environment and can be passed easily between cats.


Feline Herpesvirus

Feline Herpesvirus is a common issue, causing upper respiratory disease in cats, especially young kittens. It can cause severe swelling around the eyes and corneal ulcers, coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge as well. It spreads quickly between animals and many outdoor cats become infected. Vaccination is effective in controlling the disease.


Feline Leukemia

While Feline Leukemia (FeLV) is only found in 2-3% of the cat population in the US, once infected a cat can never be cured of the disease. A cat is often infected very early in life, which is why we recommend testing all new kittens before vaccination. It is transmissible between cats through close contact with a cat that is shedding the virus. This virus eventually shuts down the body, leading to lymphoma, anemia, or other infections due to a nonfunctional immune system. This significantly shortens the cat's life span.


Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of all warm blooded animals, including humans. Rabies is transmitted by saliva which is generally transferred from a bite. This disease is often found in wild animals such as skunks, raccoons and bats. Once infected the disease is always fatal. As the virus can be transmitted to humans, no stray dog, cat or wild animal should be approached. Vaccination is vital in protecting your pet from this disease. In Ohio it is state law that your pets be vaccinated against rabies. Once vaccinated, you will receive a rabies tag to place on your pet's collar and a rabies vaccination certificate to keep for future reference.