Here at the Court Street Animal Hospital we take your pets' health very seriously. We strongly believe that preventative medicine is the key to your pets' long and healthy life. Vaccination against common and dangerous diseases is the foundation of any wellness program but recent, well respected and irrefutable studies have shown that for many pets yearly vaccination with some types of vaccines is not necessary. Though we strongly believe in the importance of vaccination we have adopted newer protocols which balance the need for immunity with the desire to take advantage of the full duration of protection conferred by every dose of vaccine. Below we present the improved vaccine protocol for your cat. Changes to this plan may be recommended based on your cats' lifestyle and degree of exposure to risk.
Rabies: This deadly disease is readily transmitted to humans and Massachusetts state law mandates that all domestic animals be vaccinated regularly against it. Failure to comply with these laws can result in confiscation, quarantine or even destruction of your pet by the state. Rabies vaccine is available as either a yearly or a three year vaccine. We try to give the vaccine with the longest duration possible while still complying with state Rabies laws. This is a safe and very effective vaccine.
Distemper (FRCP): This vaccine protects against the common, serious feline diseases Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, and Feline Panleukopenia. We recommend a series of three injectable kitten boosters beginning at about 6-8 weeks and then given every 3-4 weeks until your kitten is greater than 14 weeks. Thereafter we recommend a yearly administration of the intranasal formulation of this vaccine for the rest of your cat's life.
Feline Leukemia: This vaccine protects against the Feline Leukemia Virus. This deadly virus, closely related to HIV, is carried by wild and stray cats and is readily transmitted through grooming, fighting and mating to cats that go outdoors. Though we strongly recommend that all domestic cats stay indoors, those that do venture out should be vaccinated yearly against this disease.
We recommend a fecal examination and any necessary deworming medications at every yearly visit for any cats which go outdoors.