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:
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.
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.