Vaccines are highly effective at preventing common issues in cats. Our veterinarians at Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital offer cat vaccinations as a form of preventative care. We know that cats in Surrey can benefit from preventative vaccines. Here's what you need to know before visiting our animal hospital for cat vaccines.
How Do Vaccines Work?
Vaccines help prepare your cat's immune system to fight off infections by bacteria and viruses. The vaccines contain either inactivated or weakened forms of viruses or bacteria. As a result, when your cat is exposed to these diseases, its immune system can recognize and destroy the invaders before they make your cat sick.
What Vaccines Does My Cat Need?
The type of vaccines your cat needs depends on its age, health, lifestyle, and risk of exposure to diseases. We create a customized vaccination plan for each cat based on these factors. However, some vaccines are recommended for all cats. These are called core vaccines.
These core vaccines include protection against feline panleukopenia, feline calicivirus, rabies, and feline herpesvirus type 1. Feline panleukopenia is a contagious and potentially fatal disease that affects all age groups of cats. The disease spreads via contact with infected cats or contaminated surfaces.
Feline calicivirus and feline herpesvirus type 1 are two of the most common causes of upper respiratory infections in cats. They are spread through direct contact with an infected cat or through exposure to contaminated surfaces. Both viruses can cause severe illness, especially in young kittens and older cats.
In addition to the core vaccines, several non-core vaccines may be recommended for your cat depending on its individual risk factors. These include vaccines against feline leukemia virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica. Feline leukemia virus is a serious viral infection that can cause cancer and other diseases in cats. It is spread through close contact with an infected cat, so it is particularly important for cats that live in close quarters.
Vaccines are rigorously tested for safety before they are licensed for use. They are also monitored by government agencies and veterinary organizations after they are released. The risks associated with vaccinating your cat are very low when compared to the risks of not vaccinating.
Get Your Cat Vaccinated in Surrey
Preventative Care is essential for all animals, especially cats. That's why our veterinarians at Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital offer cat vaccinations. Call our team today at (604) 536-3131 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.