Our veterinarians recommend for cats to be up to date on their “core” vaccinations, including FVRCP and Rabies. These vaccines help to protect against viruses and disease spread from cat to cat. There is another vaccine called feline leukemia and is usually recommended for outdoor cats.
Does my indoor cat need to be vaccinated?
It is highly recommended; the vaccines protect your cat against an illness that is highly preventable. Even if your cat does not leave home, you can carry viruses on your clothing, or from introducing a new pet.
What are FVRCP and core vaccines for cats?
FVRCP is one of the core vaccines for cats. It protects against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. The other core vaccine is Rabies, which is a fatal disease. Non-core vaccines, which can be tailored to your cat are Feline Leukemia Virus
How often does my adult cat need to be vaccinated?
FVRCP and Rabies vaccines are boostered every 3 years in adult cats, and leukemia is an annual vaccination.
Are there any risks associated with cat vaccines?
As with any vaccination, there are some risks. Some cats can be allergic to components in the vaccine just like people, and your veterinarian will tell you what to signs to keep an out of for. It is common for cats to be lethargic, and sometimes tender near the injection site the next day.
Are checkups still recommendeded if my dog is up-to-date on all vaccines?
A physical examination is performed with all vaccination appointments; if your pet is not currently due for vaccines we still recommend an annual check up exam. An annual exam and thorough history is one of the most important tools in our diagnostic toolbox. Even if your pet is healthy a physical exam will allow us to evaluate them for subtle changes and early detection is the key to successful outcomes and prolongs the length and quality of life for our pets.