One of the most important aspects of being a pet owner is making an effort to keep up with your vaccination schedule to ensure that your animal is healthy and free from common diseases. Vaccines help the immune system fight off certain organisms that could lead to serious illnesses. Keep reading to learn more about vaccination requirements for your cat.
The Core and Non-Core Vaccines
Core vaccines are those that are essential to your cat’s health. These vaccines specifically fight diseases like panieukopenia, feline calici virus, feline herpes virus type I, and rabies. Non-core vaccines might be given to certain cats depending on their lifestyle and environment. These vaccines could be for feline leukemia virus, Bordatella, Chylamydophila fells, and feline immunodeficiency virus. Your veterinarian will decide if your cat needs any of these non-core vaccines in addition to the core ones.
While every state has their own requirements about which vaccinations cats need, it is up to your vet to decide when your cat needs certain vaccinations. The veterinarian will factor in the kind of vaccine, your cat’s age, his medical history, and his environment and lifestyle to figure out when he should get the different vaccines.
Vaccination Side Effects
You can expect some mild reactions to most vaccinations like soreness or allergic reactions. Although simple side effects are common, you should pay attention for some serious symptoms that could be evidence of a bad reaction. If your cat has fever, sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, swelling, or lameness, you should schedule a follow-up appointment with your vet. These symptoms could be serious, which is why it is important to visit your vet as soon as possible.
Horizon Animal Hospital is here to help you with every aspect of your animal’s care. From vaccinations to laser surgery, our vets make an effort to give every patient the personalized care they need. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment for your animal, visit us online or call (480) 614-9500.
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