Diseases routinely covered by our vaccination protocol:-
- FELINE INFLUENZA SYNDROME (herpes and calici virus)
- FELINE PANLEUCOPAENIA (enteritis)
- FELINE LEUKAEMIA VIRUS (Felv)
It is the policy of this practice to recommend vaccination of all cats against influenza, enteritis and Chlamydophila infections and, for all cats that go outdoors or live in closed colonies to also receive vaccination against feline leukaemia virus.
FELINE INFLUENZA SYNDROME (Cat Flu)
This is a respiratory disease that can be fatal in very young or very old cats. In all cats it causes chronic recurring bouts of sneezing, snuffling, discharge of pus from eyes and nose, and occasionally pneumonia. Spread between cats is by direct contact or through sneezing.
FELINE PANLEUCOPAENIA (Enteritis)
This is a serious, usually fatal, disease causing sudden death in young kittens or severe haemorrhagic vomiting and diarrhoea in adult cats. The virus is spread via faeces or vomit of infected cats and can survive in the environment for up to six months – this means that direct contact with an infected cat is not necessary for infection to occur.
FELINE LEUKAEMIA VIRUS (FeLV)
We are also able to offer protection against the group of diseases caused by Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV).
As well as causing leukaemia, this virus causes tumours (cancers) or AIDS-like disease where the cat’s ability to fight common infections is destroyed.
Spread is from mother to young either BEFORE birth or via the milk just AFTER birth. Spread can also occur from direct contact – most likely by mating or fight wounds. We consider ALL outdoor cats are potentially at risk.
AS FOR AIDS, THE VIRUS CAN BE CARRIED FOR SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE ANY SIGN OF DISEASE.
It is estimated that up to ONE IN FIFTY urban cats carry the virus. It is recommended that all susceptible cats undergo a simple blood test to ensure that they are free of the virus before they receive their primary course of two vaccines. A single annual vaccination maintains this protection.
It is recommended that your cat’s protection against these diseases be maintained by single booster injection given once a year throughout life. This is usually given at the time of the annual health examination. At Braid Vets twice yearly examinations are recommended and if you maintain annual boosters you receive a free 6 monthly check