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Buckingham

01280 822001

Winslow

01296 715660

 Caring for Companion Animals

Kitten

Recent advances in medical science have resulted in an increase in the number and type of vaccines available for use in cats.  They can be vaccinated against six different diseases; panleukopenia (infectious enteritis and feline parvovirus) an uncommon disease causing severe and often fatal gastroenteritis.  Herpes virus type 1 and calicivirus, commonly termed "cat flu", whilst not usually serious, it can cause long term problems including sneezing and eye problems.  Chlamydial infection which is a particular problem in colony cats, causing painful inflammation and swelling of the membrane around the eye and has been associated with infertility in queens. Leukaemia virus; whilst the majority of cats can combat this infection, 30% will become persistently infected by the virus.  These cats could die from tumours or due to immuno-suppression caused by the virus.  Some affected cats can appear normal and we can offer a blood test to ensure your cat is not infected before vaccination.  A vaccination against Rabies is also available for cats travelling abroad, or who have entered the UK from abroad.

 

Generally kittens are vaccinated between 9 and 10 weeks and a second dose is given 3 weeks later.  A kitten will not be fully protected until 7 to 10 days after the second vaccination. 

 

A booster vaccination is generally carried out yearly.  Some panleukopenia vaccines can be given once every two years.  All cats should be boosted regularly as adult cats can be susceptible to these infections as they grow old and their immune system becomes less efficient.

Winslow  (Registered Office)

 33 High Street

Winslow

Bucks

MK18 3HE

 

Tel:   (01296) 715660

Fax:  (01296) 712160

 

 

Buckingham

14 High Street

Buckingham

Bucks

MK18 1NT

 

Tel:  (01280) 822001

Fax: (01280) 816744

 

 

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