The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter Recommends Vaccinations for Cats

Vaccinating our pets is an important component of maintaining their optimal health. In light of a recent news story featuring two Rottweiler puppies that died after receiving a home-administered Parvo vaccination. The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter wants to issue a few important reminders to cat owners. First, vaccinations are important and safe, next, they can be obtained inexpensively in many low-cost vaccination clinics throughout southern Arizona, and most importantly, cats can get “parvo” too.

Minta Keyes, DVM, and a Director on The Hermitage Board states, “The American Association of Feline Practitioners and several other veterinary professional organizations recommend that all cats stay current on certain core vaccinations. These include feline panleukopenia, caused by a parvovirus closely related to the virus that causes parvo in dogs. In addition to causing diarrhea, panleukopenia causes pneumonia and bone marrow failure leading to secondary bacterial infections and death in a high percentage of cases. The parvoviruses causing canine parvo and feline panleukopenia are very hardy in the environment so pets can encounter these viruses without direct contact with an infected animal.“

Keyes adds, “For people who have concerns about the side effects of vaccines given by injection, an alternative is an intranasal nose drop vaccine that can be given instead to protect cats from panleukopenia. It is important to note that vaccinations developed against panleukopenia are >99% effective in preventing illness. Other core vaccines recommended for all cats include rabies, and calicivirus and herpesvirus and these are often included in a "3 in 1" vaccination with panleukopenia.”

Cats adopted from The Hermitage are current on their core vaccinations and The Hermitage recommends that adopters maintain the recommended vaccination schedule after cats are taken home.

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