Every cat is different and every cat's lifestyle is different. No one vaccination protocol is right for all patients. The doctors at the East Rockaway Veterinary Hospital will tailor a vaccination protocol that is specific for your cat.
Rabies is a viral disease that can affect all warmblooded mammals, including dogs, cats, wildlife, and humans. The virus infects cells of the nervous system producing incoordination and behavioral abnormalities. Once the signs of rabies appear, the disease is always fatal.Rabies is usually transmitted by bite wounds. Rabies vaccination for your cat is required by New York state law. This vaccination is given at 4 months of age. The initial vaccination provides immunization for 1 year. Subsequent rabies vaccinations provide immunization for 3 years.
FVRCP is a combination vaccine. It includes Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus cause similar diseases resulting in nasal and ocular discharge, conjunctivitis, and sneezing. Once infected cats remain infected throughout their lifetime. Panleukopenia is similar to canine parvovirus and is often fatal. Symptoms include fever, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. We recommend vaccinating against FVRCP initially at 8 weeks of age with a booster 4 weeks later. Subsequent FVRCP vaccinations are given yearly.
Feline Leukemia is a high mortality disease caused by the feline leukemia virus. Feline Leukemia produces immunosuppression, which can then lead to other diseases or infections such as respiratory or gastrointestinal diseases. Cats that survive these initial diseases may develop some form of cancer. The disease is transmitted by direct contact with infected cats. For pets that are going outside we recommend vaccination for Leukemia at 8 weeks of age and then a booster 4 weeks later. Leukemia vaccination is then repeated on a yearly basis.
The East Rockaway Veterinary Hospital does not currently recommend the FIP, FIV, or Ringworm vaccinations.