Upcoming shortage of non-adjuvanted rabies vaccine
I was surprised to find out at a continuing education dinner last night that Merial, the manufacturer of our rabies vaccine (Purevax), has temporarily stopped shipment to correct a manufacturing issue they discovered. What this means is that the only non-adjuvanted rabies vaccine made will be unavailable to us until very likely late June. At this time we still have a good supply of unaffected lots of the vaccine, but they will expire on May 2. Since we feel strongly about not using adjuvants in cats due to their suspected role in the formation of vaccine-induced sarcomas, we will have more Purevax available to you as soon as it is available to us. In the meantime, we will be forced to give adjuvanted rabies vaccines when necessary, unfortunately. To avoid this, if your cat will be due for his or her rabies vaccine in the near future, you may consider scheduling early (prior to May 2) in order to not be overdue vaccines and to not have to receive the adjuvanted vaccine. Merial is also committed to feline health, so they are working diligently to try to correct the issues found ASAP.
*edited article to reflect actual vaccine expiration of May 2 instead of May 20 as previously noted. 4/22/14
Last Updated (Tuesday, 22 April 2014 18:26)
As we move towards spring....
... we are currently working our way through dental health month (February is dental health month). During February, we offer a 10% discount on the routine dental cleanings that we do here. Time to take advantage of a little savings on something that needs to be done occasionally to keep our cats' mouths healthy.
Also, if you are a bit behind on getting that little girl spayed, you may soon learn the definition of the word "caterwaul". We will spay or neuter any cat over the age of 4 months (usually about 4 pounds). As winter becomes spring time, it is likely that any un-spayed female feline will soon begin going in and out of heat (sometimes incessantly). We need to have personally seen your cat in the recent past to be sure that they are healthy enough for surgery and are current with any needed vaccines, and so that you have a chance to speak with the surgeon and ask any questions that you may have about the procedure. After that, we can get your cat scheduled for surgery usually very shortly thereafter, sometimes the following day if arrangements are made in advance. Call to schedule an appointment.
Holiday hours for the clinic
Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Coastal Cat Clinic, Jacksonville's only feline exclusive veterinary practice. Our holiday hours will be as follows this year.
Tuesday, December 24th, we will close at noon to allow our employees adequate time to get home and celebrate with their families.
Wednesday, December 25th, closed all day.
Thursday, December 26th, open regular hours again through the following week.
Tuesday, December 31st, we will close at noon.
Wednesday, January 1st we will be closed all day.
Thursday, January 2nd, we will be open regular hours again.
We hope that you and your fur babies have a safe and happy holiday season!
Planned closings for 2014
To help you better plan, here is a list of planned closings for the cat clinic for 2014:
Wed, Jan 1, New Year's Day
Mon, April 21, Easter Monday
Mon, May 26, Memorial Day
Fri, July 4, Independence Day
Mon, Sept 1, Labor Day
Tue, Nov 11, Veteran's Day
Thurs, Nov 27, Thanksgiving
Fri, Nov 28, Black Friday
Wed, Dec 24, close at noon for Christmas
Thurs, Dec 25, Christmas
Wed, Dec 31, close at noon for New Year's Eve
Thurs, Jan 1, 2015, closed for New Year's Day
How do you know when it is "time"?
No one likes to think about it, but in veterinary medicine, we have the blessing of being able to decide that a patient is suffering and can be humanely euthanized. If you have an older pet, or a pet with a serious or chronic illness and you are having trouble deciding whether or not your friend may benefit from this kind release from suffering, you may want to look into this quality of life scale. For pets with chronic illnesses, it may be worth re-assessing on a daily/weekly/monthly basis to note trends and give your furry friend the most quality of life with the least amount of suffering. The quality of life scale can be found here, and is also downloadable. Generally speaking, most people agree that a score of 35 or more is acceptable quality of life in most circumstances. Uncontrollable pain or a pet who is starving itself trumps the scale, however.
At Coastal Cat, we do not do convenience euthanasia (I'm moving and can't take the cat, the cat peed on the sofa, etc.), and we will not euthanize a pet that we have never seen without the benefit of an exam and consultation that this dire route is the best for your kitty. If you just want a cat euthanized, no questions asked, then you are at the wrong place.