Why are vaccinations important?
There are a number of highly infectious (and potentially fatal) diseases that can affect your pet. Many of these diseases have no effective treatment, and in extreme cases, young animals may die.
However, for many of these conditions there is a simple protection in the form of vaccination and regular annual boosters, so we urge you to ensure that your pet is always up to date with the recommended protection.
What do you vaccinate against?
Feline panleukopaenia (Feline enteritis)
This serious disease is caused by a highly infectious virus which can remain active in the environment for at least a year and the few cats who recover can continue to shed the virus for long periods.
Fever, depression, sudden weight loss, vomiting, loss of appetite and dehydration despite an insatiable thirst are common symptoms. All cats are susceptible, but especially kittens and elderly cats. In badly affected cats death can occur within 24 hours of the first symptom.
Cat flu (Upper respiratory tract infection)
Cat flu is often caused by an initial virus attack, followed by a secondary bacterial infection. Symptoms include discharge from the mouth, eyes and nose often accompanied by bouts of sneezing. In severe cases it can lead to lung infection, leaving the patient weak and debilitated.
Transmission is usually via sneezing but can be spread by physical contact also.
Second only to trauma as the leading cause of death in cats, feline leukaemia is an incurable viral infection that produces fatal illnesses in infected cats. Most die within 3-4 years of FeLV detection.
FeLV is thought to be responsible for 70% of all cat cancers, either directly, or by allowing the access of other cancer-causing viruses.
Vaccination is especially important for outdoor cats or if you plan to introduce another cat into your household as the virus is easily transmissible among felines.