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Vaccination has a major role to play in keeping your cat healthy. Having said that, we are also keen to vaccinate only as often as we believe to be necessary.
Vaccination provides protection against several contagious viruses, (Feline Enteritis, the Cat Flu viruses and Feline Leukaemia virus), which can be contracted from the environment or from unvaccinated cats. We still see these life-threatening diseases in unvaccinated cats, and the heart-breaking fact is that they can so easily be prevented.
At Abbey Veterinary Group a full health assessment is included in the price of every vaccination appointment. This is always a good opportunity for us to examine your pet for any problems that you may or may not have been aware of. Regular examinations mean early diagnosis of conditions and gives your pet a better chance of a successful outcome.
In summary, vaccination is a safe, reliable and cost-effective way of giving your cat the best chance of living a long and healthy life.
Once kittens have had their initial vaccination course at 9 and 12 weeks, it is important for them to have an annual booster vaccination. It is vital to maintain their immunity as older cats can still succumb to these killer diseases. There is no evidence that the immunity lasts longer in older cats. In fact elderly cats, like elderly people, are more likely to have a poor immune system and so you may need to restart the vaccination course if the booster is allowed to lapse.
Rabies vaccinations are available for pets destined to travel abroad
• All kittens should be vaccinated
• All cats need yearly boosters
• Elderly cats still need their vaccinations
• Feline Enteritis, the Cat Flu viruses and Feline Leukaemia virus are still around, and they can kill !
• A full health assessment is included in the price of a vaccination appointment
• Rabies vaccinations are available for pets destined to travel abroad
• You should take the vaccination certificate to the cattery as proof of vaccination
Treatment of sick and injured animals is obviously a very important part of our work, but we are great believers in preventative medicine.