Vaccination is a valuable preventive measure against infectious disease and can help avoid potential illness and hardship for both you and your cat. Vaccination is a relatively inexpensive and safe way of preventing diseases that can jeopardize the life of your pet and cost a significant amount of money to treat.
Organisms that can cause disease are prevalent in most pet populations. Fortunately, regular booster vaccination protects against outbreaks of disease caused by these organisms. Your participation in the process of regular vaccination of your cat protects your pet and helps protect the greater population of felines in your community. Pet vaccination offers the additional benefit of reducing the threat of zoonotic illnesses in humans. Rabies is the most important of these diseases.
You can rely on our Langley veterinarians as the best source of accurate pet health information. During your visit to your veterinarian, your cat’s risk of disease will be assessed and an appropriate vaccination program will be recommended. Regular vaccination visits and physical examination of your pet go hand-in-hand in assuring continued good health for your feline friend.
Frequency of Vet Visits
Recent research has demonstrated that there is a strong positive relationship between regular visits to your veterinarian and the health of your pet. Your veterinarian will make preventive recommendations based on the specific wellness needs of your cat.
The risk of infectious disease is thought to be significantly increased in households with more than one feline pet. Outdoor activity also may substantially increase the risk of injury to your pet from other stray cats. It is during these encounters that outdoor cats experience exposure to serious infectious diseases such as feline AIDS, feline leukemia, Panleukopenia, and rabies. Cats are also natural hunters, increasing the chances of Parasitism contracted from their prey. Additional considerations for outdoor cats include the risk of injury or death in encounters with automobiles and wild animals.
Heartworm is increasingly recognized as a threat to the health of cats (as well as dogs). This parasite is carried by mosquitoes, so depending on the level of risk in your geographic area, our Langley vets may recommend testing and prevention for your cat. In addition, fleas are known to be carriers of tapeworms.
Almost every community has a population of stray and/or feral cats. These represent a real hazard because of the infectious diseases that these animals may carry. If you decide to adopt a stray cat, your first visit should be to your veterinarian. Diagnostic tests may be recommended to determine what diseases this animal may harbour so that you can avoid risking the health of any cats that you currently own. All stray animals should be considered potential carriers of rabies.
Neutering will prevent unwanted litters of kittens and may help temper your cat’s territorial tendencies. If done early in life, neutering may also reduce your pet’s desire for outdoor activity.
If you plan to take your pet on vacation with you, it is wise to make an advance visit to Small Creatures Pet Clinic. Many diseases vary in their prevalence from area to area, requiring additional immunization and preventive considerations for your pet.
Diseases We Vaccinate Against: Feline AIDS
Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) causes feline AIDS in cats. It is not the same virus as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes human AIDS. FIV causes AIDS-like symptoms in felines, including immune system suppression and chronic susceptibility to other infections. Cats with FIV may remain apparently healthy for several years before their immune system becomes too weak to fight off other diseases. There is no cure for feline AIDS. Up to 1 in 12 cats in North America test positive for FIV. As with the feline leukemia virus, cats from multi-cat households and those that venture outdoors are at greatest risk of FIV infection.
The Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
This virus attacks the immune system and leaves cats vulnerable to a host of secondary infections. Death most often occurs within 3 years of infection. Transmission usually occurs through contact with other cats. Those cats who live in multi-cat households or are allowed to roam outdoors are particularly at risk. There is no known relationship between FeLV and leukemia as it occurs in humans. In order to schedule a vaccination for your cat, simply contact our Langley animal care practice, Small Creatures Pet Clinic, today. We’ll be happy to see you and get your feline on it’s way to optimal health and wellness!
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