Customized vaccine schedules

This veterinarian adheres strongly to the recommendations of the American Association of Feline Practitioners vaccination guidelines.

We recommend only what is needed for your pet based on laws and risk factors.

Not every cat needs every vaccine every year! We will assess your cat's lifestyle, risk factors, age, etc and customize a vaccine protocol to balance risks versus vaccines as best possible.   For example, inside-only and older cats do not need leukemia vaccines unless they live with a positive house-mate.  We almost never recommend FIV, feline bordetella, giardia or ringworm vaccines as they are generally un-necessary and some cause more harm than good.  We do recommend that every cat be current on rabies and distemper vaccination status ("current" with distemper for us reflects age and risk factors, not just simple annual vaccination).  Being current with rabies is a legal issue and a public health issue since we DO have rabies in this part of the country.  Young outside or inside/outside cats/kittens should be tested and vaccinated against feline leukemia (FeLV).

We use only non-adjuvanted vaccines by Merial for rabies and leukemia.   Merial Purevax vaccines are made specifically with the cat in mind.  Time and experience has taught us that the chemical adjuvants used with other killed vaccines may be associated with severe reactions in cats up to and including fever, swelling, lumps, and cancers.   We do keep 3 year rabies vaccines (Imrab3) in stock for the hard-to-catch or "difficult" cat and you can request them, but we strongly recommend the gentler 1 year Purevax rabies vaccine due to safety reasons for your cat and because they should be weighed and examined at LEAST once a year in any case.

Intranasal distemper vaccines (originally made by Heska, then the license to produce them was sold to Diamond) are used here to try to minimize any vaccine-related problems.  Because we use an intra-nasal vaccine and place the vaccine drops into the cat's nose, it is less irritating to the cat's body.  Our cats do not run fevers or run the risk of vaccine site sarcomas because we are not injecting anything into their bodies.  We use the local immune system in the cat's nose (where it would be exposed to a "cat cold" anyhow) to quickly neutralize those viruses.  The most common complaint we have with these nose drops are that the cat will commonly have a little sneeze for up to a week afterwards (not sick, just a little sneeze occasionally).

We tend to adhere fairly closely to the American Association of Feline Practitioner's vaccine guidelines, which can be found here.  We modify recommendations based on your cat's life style and risk factors.

In a nutshell, most of our visits include the an annual nose-to-tail examination, a rabies vaccine, possibly a distemper vaccine depending on your cat's age/lifestyle and the last time one was given, and a de-worming.  Recommended services would possibly include blood tests for feline aids/leukemia, senior profiles, stool checks, etc depending on the situation.   We recommend Advantage Multi or Revolution generally for fleas, heartworms and general anti-parasitic activity.  In examining your cat as best he/she will allow, we try to catch problems early and thereby prevent problems where possible or at least try to reduce their effect on your cat (and also thereby minimizing the effects your pocketbook!).  It is less expensive for you and better for your cat to catch a problem early than wait for it to advance.

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