At Cat’s Corner Veterinary Hospital we have established our vaccination practices by basing them on the guidelines of the American Association of Feline Practitioners which promotes safer and less frequent vaccinations. We use the safest, most effective vaccine brand available on the market for our feline patients called PUREVAX® by Merial®. These are the leading non-adjuvanted vaccines.
Why is the type of vaccine so important for your feline family member? Adjuvanted vaccines can present potential risks to feline patients such as, injection site reactions, injection site granulomas, chronic inflammation, and cancerous tumor formation. Unfortunately, these complications can sometimes result in serious surgeries, amputation, or even death. We are not willing to take these risks with our patients.
Kittens receive their Rabies vaccine as a single dose at not less than 12 weeks/3 months of age. We will revaccinate them 1 year after their primary vaccine, then every year thereafter, lifelong. We do not currently offer a 3 year Rabies vaccine option because the average, non-Purevax vaccine is adjuvented and as mentioned above we will not be putting our patients at risk. The Purevax 3 year Rabies vaccine is not yet cost effective for our practice to offer and may carry a higher risk of vaccine reaction.
Kittens generally receive their first Distemper (FVRCP) vaccine as early as 8 weeks of age, then every 3–4 weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age. We then revaccinate 1 year after their primary series, then every 3 years thereafter, lifelong. Adult patients, who never received the proper FVRCP series explained above, will receive a first vaccine followed by a second 3-4 weeks later. We will revaccinate them 1 year after their primary series, then every 3 years thereafter, lifelong.
Kittens generally receive their first Leukemia (FeLV) vaccine at 16 weeks of age, then a second one 3–4 weeks later. We will then revaccinate once yearly after their primary series until they reach 3 years of age. Then they will receive it every 3 years thereafter, until they reach the age of 10. Adult patients, who never received the proper FeLV series explained above, will receive a first vaccine followed by a second 3-4 weeks later. We will then revaccinate once yearly after their primary series until they reach 3 years of age. Then they will receive it every 3 years thereafter, until they reach the age of 10. This vaccine is discontinued at 10 years of age, as studies have shown they possess a natural resistance to new leukemia infection in this age group.
The FeLV vaccine is an important part of every kitten’s vaccination protocol. However, it is not continued for indoor only patients, who are not exposed to outdoor cats, once the kitten series is complete. Adult patients that are indoor only, who are not exposed to outdoor cats, do not receive the series. All outdoor patients should be properly and regularly vaccinated for protection against the Feline Leukemia Virus, as it is not curable and in most cases fatal once contracted. The FeLV series is not started until the patient submitted a blood sample to make sure they are not already carrying the virus, either from birth or from outdoor exposure prior to being vaccinated.