Dr. Haroush doesn’t only look after your pet as a professional, but he sees your pet as one of his own. With his extensive veterinary knowledge and fully-equipped hospital, he is able to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet. The Animal Health Center really is the best place to take care of your pet’s problems. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Unlike large veterinary hospitals that deal with a myriad of pets hastily, this private practice gives you reassurance that your pet will be taken care of exceptionally on an individual basis.
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
- Feline Calicivirus
- Feline Panleukopenia
Cats can easily pass respiratory diseases to one another from simply coughing or sneezing. Kittens can get even pneumonia and die from these diseases as they are young and vulnerable. These vaccinations help prevent your feline from sickness and make sure it is healthy for many years to come.
Respiratory disease causes cats to have the following symptoms:
- Watery or Sticky Discharge from the nose and eyes
- Nose and Mouth Sores
- Inflamed Eyes
Most feline respiratory diseases are caused by either feline viral rhinotracheitis or feline calicivirus. Rhinotracheitis tends to be more severe and can cause abortions in pregnant cats. Cats with a Calicivirus infection often develop ulcers. Panleukopenia, or feline distemper, is a disease in the intestines that causes vomiting and diarrhea.
- Start feline vaccinations at about 8 weeks of age
- Revaccinate every 4 weeks until 16 weeks of age
- Maintain adequate protection against respiratory viruses with annual revaccinations
- Revaccination for Panleukopenia should start one year after the initial doses are administered and then every other year after that to maintain adequate protection
The rabies virus attacks the nerve tissue and can affect all warm-blooded animals. Rabies vaccination of all dogs and cats (even indoor cats) is required in all states as it is also a threat to humans.
Rabies is spread by bite wounds and exposure to the saliva of infected animals. If your cat is unvaccinated and fights with a wild animal or is found with unknown wounds, it is suspect for rabies exposure. The disease develops slowly over 10 days into several months. While some infected animals withdraw and avoid contact with others, some may become unnaturally aggressive and may attack.
If a vaccinated rabies-infected animal shows signs of the disease, it can be given a booster vaccine and be considered safe from the infection. However, unvaccinated rabies-infected animals must be quarantined for 6 months or euthanized (humanely destroyed). Although infected humans can be vaccinated successfully in early stages of the disease, the treatment is costly and extremely uncomfortable.
- First vaccination is at 3 months of age or older
- Annual revaccinations to maintain adequate protection
Feline Leukemia/ Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FeLV/FIV)
All new pets in a household should be tested for these two common diseases. Infection can be spread from mother to kitten (usually just FeLV) or from exposure with another infected cat (both FeLV and FIV). Most cats infected will eventually die from these viruses as they interfere with the immune system, leaving your cats unable to fight off other infections.
- Test all new cats
- Kittens tested prior to 9 weeks of age need to be retested 1-2 months later
- 2 initial vaccinations, given 2 to 4 weeks apart
- Revaccination every 1 to 3 years as indicated
We help owners decide how often their cat needs to be revaccinated on a case-by-case basis. Strictly indoor cats in a single cat household may only need to get revaccinated every 3 years due to their low risk of exposure while other cats may need to get revaccinated annually.