Vaccines for Cats

Vaccine schedules can be complicated and confusing and many options for vaccines depend on the lifestyle of your dog and on any medical problems as well.

Core Cat Vaccines – These are the three core vaccines that we feel all cats should receive:

FVRCP (which is a combination vaccine of rhinotracheitis, calici, and panleukopenia (or feline distemper).

FELV (which is feline leukemia and recommended only for outdoor cats).

Rabies: Rabies is our only vaccine that is regulated by the state and county.

Which diseases do these vaccines treat?

Rhinotracheitis (the R in FVRCP) – This is a herpes virus and is part of the “Upper Respiratory Complex”. It can cause fever, anorexia, sneezing, discharge from the nose and/or eyes and coughing. This virus will remain in a cat’s body for the rest of its life and later cause disease of the cornea or reoccurrence of other symptoms.

Calici (the C in FVRCP) – This is a calicivirus and is another part of the “Upper Respiratory Complex”. It can cause fever and ulcers on the tongue and mouth.

Panleukopenia (the P in FVRCP) – Also referred to as “Feline Distemper”, this disease is caused by a parvovirus. This virus causes a significant decrease in white blood cells which are needed to fight off infection. It can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia and fever. Cats who survive usually don’t have any lasting problems. The virus is highly contagious, and vaccination is an effective prevention.

Feline Leukemia – The FELV vaccine is given at 12 weeks, boostered at 16 weeks and then boostered yearly as indicated. The Feline Leukemia virus

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Located at 302 North Main Street, Biscoe, North Carolina, 27208, Animal Hospital Biscoe provides complete veterinary medical and surgical care for dogs and cats from Biscoe, Montgomery County and surrounding areas in North Carolina.

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