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Ensure your cat lives a long, healthy life.
In addition to providing your cat with food, water and affection, it is important to make sure your feline companion is up to date with all the current cat vaccinations to ensure a long and happy life. There are many life-threatening diseases cats are susceptible to, and it is very easy to prevent exposure to these with the appropriate cat vaccines. At Creekside Pet Care Center, we offer multiple cat vaccinations that, with the help of regular heartworm testing and prevention, will ensure your cat’s nine lives are as long, healthy and active as possible. Read more about the specific cat vaccines we offer at Creekside below.
Creekside’s FVRCP cat vaccine is our “feline distemper” vaccination that protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calici virus and panleukopenia. These diseases are highly contagious among cats and can have devastating effects on their respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. Our feline patients should receive this cat shot when they are kittens, starting at six weeks of age. This cat vaccination should be given every three weeks until the kitten is 16 weeks old, as it will confidently ensure there is not any maternal antibody competition. Once the initial immunizations have been administered, we administer this cat vaccine one year after the last kitten shot is given and once every three years afterward.
FeLV (i.e., feline leukemia virus) is a deadly viral disease that wreaks havoc on affected cats’ immune systems and can lead to an array of cancerous conditions including leukemia. Because symptoms can remain hidden for months or even years in affected cats, many owners don’t realize there is a problem until it is too late and other cats in the household have already been exposed to the disease. For the best protection, our feline friends should start receiving this cat vaccination beginning at nine weeks of age. After the second set of immunizations is given, a booster is administered one year later, and then every three years afterward.
Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of all mammals, including cats and humans. This being the case, it is very important to protect your pet from this virus. At Creekside, kittens receive this cat vaccine one time after they reach 12 weeks of age. Following the initial vaccine, adult pets receive the Purevax® form of this cat vaccination yearly for the most advanced safety and protection.
Heartworm disease is a very serious and widespread condition that poses a danger to all cats, regardless of their lifestyles and living conditions. While many people are under the assumption that indoor cats are not at risk for heartworms, a study recently showed that a quarter of all heartworm-positive cats in Texas are actually indoor cats. Therefore, we strongly encourage monthly heartworm preventative for all cats. Heartworms are a type of parasitic roundworm that live in the arteries, lungs and hearts of cats, dogs and other animals. Once a cat is infected, there is no known treatment, so it is of the utmost importance to put your cat on a monthly heartworm prevention regimen via a take-home prescription for a topical medication. It’s very easy to apply a few drops of this mediation on the back of the pet’s neck once per month—no pills!
Creekside’s veterinarians recommend all kittens begin visiting our facility once they turn six weeks old and continue to do so every two to four weeks until they are 16 weeks old. These visits help us fully protect your cat from various species-specific diseases.
At Creekside Pet Care Center, all kittens receive vaccine boosters every three to four weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age, then annually. Once they reach maturity, they will be on the vaccination schedule below:
If your feline is not up to date on his or her cat vaccinations and heartworm preventatives, call 1-800-My-Pet-Care or book an appointment online today. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about Creekside’s cat vaccination protocol and preventative care.