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When you adopt a new kitten, he or she seems so sweet like nothing could ever happen to him or her; however, this isn't the case. Your new cat is susceptible to numerous diseases, some which are only prone to cats who venture outside, are part of a multicat home or are exposed to other animals. Fortunately, by seeing our animal doctor who serves Castle Pines, Castle Rock, and Sedalia, Colorado, you can keep your kitten health with our veterinary services including prevention methods such as regular health exams and vaccinations.
Our veterinarian advises all of our feline patients to get four core vaccines. Core vaccines act as prevention methods against serious medical conditions that can affect any cat. These diseases are the most common ones. At our vet clinic, our animal doctor administers the following core vaccines: rabies, feline viral panleukopenia (distemper), calicivirus and feline viral rhinotracheitis (feline herpes virus). Feline viral panleukopenia (FPV), also referred to as feline distemper, is a viral infection caused by parvovirus. The virus causes cats to have a low white blood cell count, and it could be fatal. Our vet clinic will administer the vaccine as early as six weeks of age, but we don't usually administer the first dose until eight weeks of age. Once your cat receives the initial vaccine, he or she should receive an FPV booster once every three to four weeks up until the age of 16 weeks. The calicivirus is a common respiratory infection. Rhinotracheitis is an infection caused by the herpes virus, and it causes a respiratory infection. Our veterinarian administers the calicivirus and feline rhinotracheitis vaccinations at the same as the FPV injection because these medications are given as a combination vaccination.
Rabies is a fatal disease that can be transferred from or to other animals. We can start as early as 12 weeks of age for the first dose of this vaccination. Generally, your cat will require another rabies vaccination at one year old, but research is now showing the initial vaccination may protect your cat for up to three years.
Noncore kitten vaccinations are vaccinations not required by law and only recommend for cats at risk for the disease. Feline leukemia (FeLV) is one of the noncore vaccines. Feline leukemia is a viral infection that can cause the blood cancer, lymphoma. Kittens must receive a test for feline leukemia at one their scheduled health exams before getting the vaccine at as early as eight weeks. Cats must receive a booster three to four weeks later.
Another noncore kitten vaccine is the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) vaccine, which is in the same family as the feline leukemia virus. The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) resembles the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in humans. This virus attacks a cat's immune system and transmits from an infected cat to another cat via a bite. Cats who get this vaccination may get it as early as eight weeks and will require three boosters given at two to four-week intervals. Depending on your cat's living situation, we may advise her or him to receive vaccines against feline infectious peritonitis, feline giardia and chlamydophila felis.
At Brekke Veterinary Clinic, serving Castle Rock, Castle Pines and Sedalia, Colorado, we'll help you keep your kitten healthy via our veterinary services such as our vaccines and health exams. Schedule an exam to discuss and begin your cat's vaccine schedule by calling us at (303) 474-4260.