Vaccinations have been known as long term, simple solutions to illnesses for quite some time. These prove to be a great prevention technique for helping, not only humans, but also animals lead long, healthy lives. Though these have the potential to protect against a plethora of otherwise life-threatening diseases, they still have risks. These risks are no reason to run away and avoid vaccines altogether,but rather, have a conversation with your veterinarian can help to determine the safest regimen for your cat.
Dr. Letosky of the Avon Lake Animal Clinic recommends different procedures for different vaccines:
- Dr. Letosky advises that cats get their rabies vaccines first as kittens, then at one year, and then either annually or every three years.
- For the DRC booster, she recommends that cats receive it as kittens, at one year old and regularly every three years after that.
- The feline leukemia vaccine is a bit different; cats should get this vaccination as kittens and at one year, but follow up after those two is dependent on their individual exposure probability and should be discussed with a veterinarian.
Ultimately, vaccines are a very important aspect of managing your cat’s health. Though it may not be necessary for every cat to be vaccinated for every disease, having a conversation with your veterinarian about it is. Cats can begin to be vaccinated at six- eight weeks old, so it is ideal to begin to have these types of conversations with your vet as early as possible.
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With a team of 11 veterinarians, combined with a superior support staff, Avon Lake Animal Clinic offers a complete solution for your pet’s care, and can help you decide what products and tactics are best for your pet’s needs. A full service AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited animal hospital located in the Cleveland area, we care for many species including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, pocket pets, birds, reptiles and other non-traditional species.