Cat-Specific Vaccines in Woodbury, MN

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At Silvervine Cat Clinic in Woodbury, MN, we use our knowledge of feline health to provide our patients with healthcare plans for their optimum wellness. Vaccinations are a staple of feline health and disease prevention, but the type and timing of those vaccines is important.  We use feline-specific vaccines to provide safe and effective immunizations against rabies, feline leukemia, and other harmful diseases. Our goal is to minimize your cat’s infectious disease risks with a vaccine plan tailored to their specific needs.

Is your cat due for their boosters? Call 651-705-PURR to schedule their next round of protection.

Vaccines for Cats in Woodbury, MN

Silvervine Cat Clinic offers three cat vaccines to provide optimal protection against several dangerous diseases:

  • Rabies vaccine (required by law)

  • Distemper (FVRCP, a combination vaccine for feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia)

  • Feline leukemia*

    *We recommend our feline leukemia vaccine for cats that spend time outdoors.

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Our Recommended Cat Vaccines

Silvervine Cat Clinic offers feline-specific vaccines because they are the safest vaccines available. They are less likely to cause side effects, and the side effects that do occur, like fatigue and discomfort at the injection site, are generally milder. Our vaccines protect against the following serious diseases:

Rabies Virus

Rabies is a highly fatal neurological disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans. The severity and fatality of this disease is why rabies vaccines are required by law. Rabies targets the central nervous system, resulting in symptoms including seizures, aggression, lack of coordination, and paralysis. Wild mammals that carry rabies and can bite and infect cats include bats, skunks, foxes, and raccoons. 

Feline Leukemia

Young cats and those who live outdoors are most likely to be exposed to this retrovirus. Feline leukemia can be transmitted in saliva, urine, feces, and milk, meaning even tiny kittens can be affected.  Feline leukemia attacks a cat’s immune system, leaving it vulnerable to illnesses caused by other viruses, bacteria, funguses and even cancer.  

Feline Panleukopenia

Panleukopenia, AKA feline parvovirus, is another highly infectious, life-threatening disease.  It is contracted by contact with infected fecal material.  This virus attacks the digestive system and the bone marrow, causing severe diarrhea, weakness, vomiting, and fever. It can also cause brain damage to kittens if they become infected shortly before or after being born. 

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis

This disease is also known as feline herpesvirus.  It damages tissues in the eyes, nose, and mouth.  Cats share this virus by being in close contact with each other and can be contagious even when they don’t appear sick. The virus causes sneezing, sinus inflammation, difficulty breathing, poor appetite, and eye ulcers that can lead to scarring and loss of sight. These ulcers can become so severe that the eye ruptures and needs to be surgically removed. 

Feline Calicivirus

This virus behaves much like feline herpesvirus.  It also attacks the eyes, nose and mouth.  The severe tongue ulcers that sometimes result cause drooling that helps the virus spread to other cats.  This same drooling dehydrates the sick cat, and the pain of the ulcers prevent it from eating.  Fever, sneezing, and difficulty breathing are also common symptoms. 

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How Soon Should My Kitten be Vaccinated?

Kittens receive protection against many diseases the first time they nurse from their mother.  However, that protection starts to wane after their first few weeks of life.  To help your kitten develop their own healthy set of antibodies, they should receive their first vaccine when they are 4-8 weeks old.  Kittenhood vaccines should then be given every 3-4 weeks until your kitten is 5 months-old, coinciding with our Kitten Progress Exams.

To learn more about our feline-only vaccines or to book a visit, call us at 651-705-PURR.

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