Nationwide Availability of FIV and F3 Vaccines
We are pleased to announce that FIV and F3 vaccines are now available nationwide. If you have any questions about these vaccines or would like to discuss our alternative replacement core vaccine protocol, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team is here to provide information and assistance.
Kittens are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives, after which vaccinations are required to induce immunity against disease. A series of vaccinations is necessary for a kitten to adequately stimulate the immune system.
Initial vaccination programs should provide three vaccinations 4 weeks apart against the following: feline panleukopenia virus, feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus, at or after 8 weeks of age.
Three vaccinations, 2 weeks apart, against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are recommended at or after 8 weeks of age for cats who will have any form of outdoor access.
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INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF CATS THAT WE CAN VACCINATE AGAINST
90% of ‘cat flu’ cases are caused by feline herpesvirus (also known as feline rhinotracheitis) and/or feline calicivirus.
Feline respiratory disease affects cats of all ages, especially young kittens. It is highly contagious and causes sneezing, coughing, runny eyes, nasal discharge, loss of appetite and tongue ulcers.
Fortunately, the death rate is low except in young kittens, but the disease is distressing and clinical signs may persist for several weeks. Recovered cats can continue to carry and spread the infection for long periods, and can show signs of the disease again if they become stressed.
Chlamydia felis is a bacterial disease which is responsible for up to 30% of conjunctivitis in cats, and causes severe and persistent signs.
Kittens are more commonly affected by Chlamydia felis when also infected with “Cat Flu”, and Chlamydia felis can be shed for many months. Vaccination against cat flu and Chlamydia felis helps protects against clinical disease.
This disease has low prevalence in our region, so it is not included in our core vaccination program.
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