Your pet is a special member of your family.  To help them live a long,
healthy life a good vaccine program is necessary.  Vaccines are the most
important preventative measure you can take for the health of you pet, they
protect your pet from viral and bacterial diseases.  All cats are at risk of
exposure to infectious diseases, even when they are strictly indoors.  
Many Feline disease, like Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
(FIV), and viral forms of Feline Upper Respiratory disease, are not
treatable.  Once infected, these cats must live with these diseases for the
rest of their lives.  To keep your pet happy and comfortable, prevention of
disease is the best thing you can do for them.   Here is a basic guide line
for vaccinating kittens:

Young Kittens:
We start vaccines around 6-8 weeks of age.  Your kitten will need an initial series
of at least two sets of shots, 3-4 weeks apart, to produce the proper antibodies to
protect against disease.

On their first kitten visit (6-8 weeks old) they will receive their first Feline
Distemper vaccine, which protects against  Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis,
Chlamydia, Panleukopenia, and Pneuminitis, vaccine.  They will get their first
Feline Leukemia vaccine, and your kitten will also need to be de-wormed to
kill any intestinal parasites it may have. They will receive the first dose of flea
prevention free at this visit.

On the second kitten visit (9-12 weeks old) they will get their booster Feline
Distemper , and Feline Leukemia vaccines.  They will need a second de-
worming to make sure we have taken care of all intestinal parasites.  If a
stool sample is brought we can test is to see if there are any parasites visible
at that time.  They will also get their first dose of Heartworm prevention for
free at this visit.

At 16 weeks old your kitten can get their Rabies vaccine.  This is an
important vaccine, required by law, which prevents your kitten from
contracting rabies from any bites or scratches it may receive.

It is important to get this series completed in the recommended time frame, or else
the series would have to be begun again.


Older Kittens:
4-12 months old and have had no shots

On the first visit they will need their Feline Distemper, Feline Leukemia
and Rabies vaccines.  They will also need to be de-wormed, and if a stool
sample is brought we can test is to see if there are any parasites visible at
that time.

On their second visit we will booster the Feline Distemper and Feline
Leukemia vaccines, and de-worm again to make sure we take care of any
intestinal parasites.  

After these series' are complete the cat will need to have the
Rabies, Feline
Distemper
and Leukemia vaccines boostered once a year for the rest of their life.

The veterinarians at Normandy Animal Hospital in St. Louis
also have health care programs and vaccines for you dog, horse, pot
bellied pig, goat, sheep, llama and alpaca.
Feline Vaccines
Phone (314) 383-4677