Whether you have a dog or cat, vaccinations are an important part of your pet’s health. At Animal Health Care Center, we are committed to providing the best care for each individual pet that visits our clinic. Below you will find a list of common vaccines and descriptions. Feel free to discuss with us any questions that you may have regarding your pet’s recommended vaccination schedule.
FVRCP Vaccine (Panleukopenia, Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia)
Panleukopenia, also known as feline distemper, is a highly contagious, viral disease that infects and kills cells. This virus attacks the GI tract, lymph nodes, bone marrow, and developing fetuses.
Calicivirus is a highly contagious virus that causes respiratory illness as well as oral disease. Symptoms of this virus include runny eyes, sneezing, coughing, as well as ulcers on the gums, tongue, and lips, and nose.
Rhinotracheitis is an infectious disease caused by feline herpes virus type-1. This virus is species specific and is not contagious to humans. Rhinotracheitis is the most common cause of conjunctivitis in cats and is a major cause of respiratory disease.
Chlamydia is an infection caused by a bacterial organism that causes respiratory symptoms as well as conjunctivitis in cats.
Rabies is a disease passed between mammals, usually through bite wounds. It is a zoonotic disease, which means humans can be affected. State law requires all cats be vaccinated for this disease at the appropriate age.
FeLV Vaccine (Feline Leukemia Virus)
Feline Leukemia Virus is a highly contagious and incurable disease that suppresses the immune system and is the most common cause of cancer in cats. Cats infected with FeLV live an average of only 3 years.
This vaccine helps protect your pet from a bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system. Though this vaccine does not offer 100% protection, it does lessen symptoms of exposed cats, and speeds their recovery time. If your cat frequents boarding facilities, or if you have a dog in your home that visits daycares, boarding facilities, pet stores, or parks, this vaccine is recommended.