Vaccines the Cats

Giving Cats the Required Vaccines

Many issues arises for pet lovers like what vaccinations do cats need for boarding. So, this is Gimley and he is my cat, however, he is due for leukemia, I’m not just randomly vaccinating him. So, for vaccines, when they come in, we require that the pet has been seen within the last six months before giving any vaccines. So sometimes they’ll come in as just a tech appointment, so just for a booster vaccine, so we can break them up a little bit. And so since he’s already had his exam, he is done. What we do is we just take their temperature make sure they don’t have a fever, which we did this morning since he’s been sitting in a kennel in case he got a little stressed so his temperature was 101, so he’s actually okay to vaccinate. And then for vaccines, we give them in site specific spots. So, if he were to get an FVR, he would be getting that the right front, down here, almost above his elbow.

And we’re just going sub-q in that area, he’s not getting an FVR, se don’t have to worry about that, and then, if he was getting a rabies, he would get the right rear. And again, you’re going as far down as you can on this leg, kind of like right in this area, because he’s got enough skin there and that way it’s pretty low on the leg. So he is actually getting a leukemia, so we’re going to go on the left side, and the Leukemia vaccine comes already made, up so it’s not something that’s freeze-dried and you have to mix up. Those ones, you want to mix them up right before you’re going to give them and make sure everything dissolves in the bottle. We don’t have to worry about that since it’s leukemia, and we use the luer lock syringes, just so that that needle isn’t popping off, in case the cat moves. So, I’m just drawing up the entire amount.

So then we always change the needle, so, a cat, I like to do a 25 gauge needle- just changing his needle here- and then with these guys, which usually is easiest, is to kind of have them lay on to their side since we’re going so low, and he’s relatively good, hopefully he will not be naughty today. So, where we’re going is lower, lower, on his leg and this is something that he’s comfortable sitting like that, which is fine. And we’re going to go way down here. Here’s his hock, and we’re going down here, and then we’re just going sub-q, drawing back, I know, oh Gimmie, and injecting and we’re done. And leukemia does not sting, but he just doesn’t sit still. And that’s it for a vaccine.

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There are a lot of cat vaccines available we only recommend three of them. The reason for that is that most of them, I feel that the benefits don’t outweigh the risk. The downsides and the risks have to be outweighed by the benefits, and for all but three wedon’t think that that’s the case. The three vaccines that we generally recommend for our patients include distemper upper respiratory or FVRCP also called three-in-one. We recommend feline leukemia virus vaccine and we recommend rabies virus vaccine. Some leukemia virus vaccines some, rabies vaccines have been associated with causing cancer at the injection site. The vaccine is given a few months to a few years later cancer develops at the site of the vaccination. It’s uncommon it’s probably no more than one in 2,000, but because of this and for other reasons we are very careful about which vaccines were commend for which cats.

The vaccines that we use were designed to not cause a problem, they were designed in response to this cancer problem and probably don’t cause cancer at the injection site but we don’t really know. ¬†For kittens we recommend all three vaccines we recommend a series of distemper virus vaccines, a series of leukemia virus vaccines and a rabies vaccine. Then when they’re a year old we decide what to do from there. If they are exposed to unknown cats if they’re going outside we give all three vaccines. We give the distemper the leukemia and the rabies. If they’re indoors only at that point we discontinue the leukemia and continue with the distemper and the rabies.

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