One of the critical ways that you can keep your pets healthy is by having them vaccinated against common diseases. In case your cats have not been vaccinated, you should bring them to Arrow Animal Hospital In Los Lunas, NM. We do have professional veterinarians who are dedicated to offering the services which you and deserve. Vaccines function to protect your cat from disease-causing microorganisms by ensuring that the body is prepared to handle any attacks.
Rabies is normally transmitted through bites of an infected animal and affects the central nervous system. The typical carriers of the disease include bats, skunks, and coyotes. Outdoor cats are particularly susceptible to rabies. Due to the severity of the disease and the threat it poses to both humans and other animals, we recommend all cats are vaccinated at our animal hospital.
The vaccination schedule for rabies typically begins at 12 weeks of age. We also provide a rabies vaccine booster at approximately one year of age. After that, we might administer the booster annually or after every three years but that will depend on the vaccine that was selected.
This vaccine protects against highly contagious diseases known as panleukopenia, calicivirus, and feline viral rhinotracheitis. Panleukopenia, which is also referred to as distemper, contributes to bone marrow suppression, nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhea and causes fever. Both calicivirus and feline viral rhinotracheitis have similar symptoms that include discharge from the nose and eyes, lethargy, swollen eyes, fever, and sneezing.
We can vaccinate your cats against these diseases with a combination of FVRCP vaccines between 6 to 8 weeks of age. We will then provide a booster vaccine after every three to four weeks up to 20 weeks old. When it comes to adult cats, we will administer an FVRCP booster vaccine at one year of age and after every three years.
Cat Vaccination Schedule
Several factors impact the likelihood of a cat developing a disease. That is why our veterinarian evaluates your pet’s medical history to determine the best care for your cat. The factors which our veterinarian will consider when determining the vaccination schedule of your adult cat include:
- The severity of the disease caused by a virus or pathogen
- The likelihood of your cat being exposed to the pathogen
- Vaccination history
- Medical history
In case the booster vaccine will result in greater benefits to your cats, we will vaccinate them.
Cat Vaccines in Los Lunas, NM
For more information on cat vaccines or to schedule an appointment with our veterinary professionals, call Arrow Animal Hospital today at (505) 865-1826.