Vaccines and Your Cat

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Just as in dogs and people, vaccinations are a key component in cat preventative medicine.

So what do vaccinations do exactly?

They are given to stimulate the immune system against infections before exposure to diseases. Vaccinations are administered to stimulate the immune system against infection before exposure to disease.

Let’s go over these vaccines:

  • Panleukopenia (feline distemper): 1st vaccination is given at 8 to 10 weeks of age, followed by additional vaccinations at 12 to 14 weeks and 1 year; then periodic booster shots are recommended. This shot helps to fight a viral infection that can affect several body systems, especially the blood cells produced in the bone marrow.
  • Feline herpesvirus type 1: Usually given as combination vaccine, at the same schedule as panleukopenia. It is used to fight respiratory infections.
  • Rabies: Initial vaccination is given as early as 3 to 4 months of age; boosters at 1 year and every 1 to 3 years after that. It is used to fight a viral disease that is both fatal and transmittable to people.
  • Feline calicivirus: Usually given as a combination vaccine, it is administered at the same schedule as the panleukopenia vaccine. It is used to fight a viral respiratory infection.

Dr. Cecilia offers vaccine treatments for your beloved pets (in the NE Miami-Dade and SE Broward areas) in the comfort of your own home, and will be happy to advise you on which vaccines are necessary for your pet. To schedule an appointment please Contact Dr. Cecilia Magalhaes by filling out this intake form or calling 954-243-0269.