Feline Exams & Vaccines
Yearly Physicals: Our doctors like to see all of our patients on a yearly basis. Routine exams allow the doctors to detect different health issues from the routine, such as weight management, to more serious problems like hyperthyroidism. Early diagnosis can result in a better outcome. Yearly exams are an integral part of your pet’s health care. As your pet ages, we may even suggest an exam every 6 months.
Vaccines: Veazie Veterinary Clinic follows the recommendations of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal Hospital’s most current vaccine recommendations. We formulate a vaccine schedule for each individual patient.
- Rabies Vaccine: Mandatory for all cats.
- PureVax: This is a rabies vaccine that is specially formulated to reduce the occurrence of vaccine-associated fibrosarcomas (a type of cancer) in cats. Other rabies vaccines contain an irritant or adjuvant to increase the body’s response to the vaccine. It is this irritant or adjuvant that has been identified as the cause of fibrosarcoma tumors in cats. PureVax is a non-adjuvanted vaccine, which means that it is a more pure and less reactive vaccine. It is given on a yearly basis.
- Imrab 3: We do not recommend this vaccine for most cats except in patients who cannot come in for yearly boosters. This is due to its potential to cause vaccine-associated fibrosarcomas. The first administration is good for one year. Then, any subsequent boosters are given once every three years.
- Feline Distemper (FVRCP): Recommended for all cats.
- This distemper vaccine for cats provides immunity against the two major upper respiratory diseases (Rhinotracheitis and Calici Virus) and Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper virus). It is given initially as a series of 2-3 vaccines, boostered a year later, and then is given once every 3 years.
Non Core Vaccines:
- Feline Leukemia: We recommend this vaccine with cats that are at risk of exposure to the disease. This includes cats that go outside, or have exposure to other cats with an unknown history. This vaccine does not cause vaccine-associated fibrosarcomas. It is a “PureVax” vaccine like the feline Rabies vaccine that contains no adjuvant. This vaccine is generally given as an initial series of two (at 4 week intervals) then yearly thereafter.
Internal Parasites: Intestinal parasites are commonly found in cats. We recommend checking a fecal sample once a year (especially if your cat goes outside). The most common intestinal parasites in cats are roundworms and tapeworms. Because some intestinal parasites can be transmitted to people, we routinely de-worm all kittens and formulate a specific de-worming program for all adult cats.
External Parasites: Fleas and ticks are the most common external parasites in Maine. Fleas can infest homes year round. Most new infestations occur in late summer. Ticks are more common in the spring and fall; they are usually seen in low brush area. We have several options for controlling fleas and ticks. Please feel free to speak with any of our staff to determine the best option for you and your pet.