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Core Vaccines (these vaccines can be administered every three years in adult cats with previous vaccination history)
Bordetella bronchispeptica: This bacterial infection causes upper respiratory symptoms in cats. It can infect dogs (kennel cough), cats and rabbits and is highly contagious. This vaccine is not intended for all cats.
Chlamydia felis: Cats infected with this organism will get a runny nose and severe conjunctivitis.
Feline Leukemia Virus- (FeLV) This viral infection of cats leads to immunosuppression and malignant cancer. It is spread through the saliva of cats during grooming and playing. It can be passed from mother to kittens through the placenta. Many cats with Feline Leukemia will appear normal until the cat develops nonspecific symptoms of poor health or cancer. The incidence of Feline Leukemia infection has dramatically dropped due to aggressive testing, client education and vaccination. All cats that are outdoors or in multi-cat households should be tested periodically and vaccinated annually.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus- (FIV) A cat only virus, it causes devastating immunodeficiency in cats. Outdoor cats are at high risk for this disease. It is spread through saliva and bite or scratch wounds from infected cats. Although an FIV vaccine exists, it is controversial. It will result in an antibody production that will cross-react with tests for the disease. If a vaccinated cat is lost and subsequently tested, it may be euthanized due to a false positive test result. Kittens born to vaccinated cats can test positive for the virus for the first 8 weeks of their lives.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis- (FIP) A serious and often fatal disease that mainly occurs in young cats from a multi-cat household, FIP can spread rapidly before symptoms develop. Symptoms of FIP can include swollen abdomen, difficulty breathing, and neurologic changes. Pure breed cats as well as shelter cats can harbor FIP. Unfortunately there are no good screening tests for this disease. Vaccination is controversial for routine use.
The Distemper vaccine is traditionally a combination vaccine of Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (H), Feline Calicivirus (C) , Panleukopenia (P), and sometimes Chlamydia.
Recent evidence indicates that adult cats retain immunity for H, C, P for up to three years post-vaccination. To provide flexibility for our vaccination program the Jockey Hollow Veterinary Practice will have the following core vaccines
Cat Vaccination Schedule: