Core vaccines: recommended nationally
Rabies – This vaccine is strongly recommended and is mandatory in the state of Minnesota. This viral infection is transmitted by wild animals such as raccoons, bats, foxes, and skunks. Vaccinating our companions in turn protects us humans as well. We carry the safest, adjuvant free rabies vaccine called PureVax. This reduces the potential risks for injection site reaction, granuloma formation and inflammation. This vaccination is given on an annual basis for adequate protection.
Distemper – This vaccine protects against 3 infectious diseases including Rhinotracheitis virus, Calici virus, and panleukopenia virus. These viral infections can cause severe upper respiratory infections and bone marrow infection. We administer this vaccine 3 times, 3-4 weeks apart during the kitten stages, then every 3 years thereafter.
Additional recommended vaccination:
Feline Leukemia – This vaccine is recommended for cats that spend time outdoors. Leukemia virus usually affects the bone marrow and may develop into lymphoma which is a type of cancer. This virus is transmitted by direct contact with an infected cat by biting or scratching or indirectly by sharing food or water dishes.
Please schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians to discuss which vaccinations would be appropriate for your feline friend.
Heartworm & Intestinal Parasite Prevention
Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitos that have fed on an infected host. Cats that spend time outside are at a higher risk, however indoor cats are not immune to this disease. Mosquitos have the tendency to make their way into our homes. There is no cure for heartworm disease in cats.
Monthly Heatworm and Flea prevention options:
- Revolution – This is our preferred topical preventative as it has a broad spectrum of parasite control, including heartworm, hookworms, roundworms, ear mites, and fleas.
- Heartgard – This is an oral preventative and only prevents heartworm and roundworms.
Either Heartworm prevention is given once a month, starting April through December.
PREVENTION IS KEY!!