Does Your Cat Need Vaccines
This is a great and thought-provoking article my vet shared with me. I hope it helps those out there who are deciding on whether or not to vaccinate your cat:
As a pet owner, you may have heard conflicting information about the importance of pet vaccinations. Once your kitten matures to adulthood, it’s natural to wonder if regular vaccinations are vital for your pet’s well being – or if they unnecessarily put your cat at risk for cancerous tumors.
“No other medical development has been as successful as vaccination in controlling deadly diseases in companion animals,” says cat veterinarian Dr. Arnold Plotnick.
However, Plotnick and other leading veterinarians acknowledge that some vaccinations have been linked to the development of sarcoma, a type of cancer that occurs in places where the vaccines are frequently injected. Research suggested that aluminum salts, which were added to the killed-virus vaccine to enhance the vaccine’s efficacy, may have been responsible for the tumor development.
So are vaccinations safe – and do your indoor cats, which have little to no contact with other animals, even need to be vaccinated?
According to Plotnick and other leading veterinarians, vaccinations are indeed essential to a pet’s well being. “To not vaccinate our pets is not an option.” Instead, veterinarians must work closely with pet owners to devise a vaccination schedule that best meets a pet’s long-term health needs. Vaccine manufacturers have also stopped putting aluminum salts into vaccines.
Cat vaccinations are divided into two categories: core vaccines that are essential for every cat, and non-core vaccines that may or may not be necessary based on a cat’s lifestyle. For example, vaccines against feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are non-core vaccines that are generally not recommended for indoor cats.
The rabies vaccine is a core vaccination. Depending on local regulations, this vaccine may be required annually or administered every three years. Some veterinarians prefer the annual version of the vaccine because it is considered safer. “It does not contain substances that some people have linked to vaccine-induced sarcomas,” says Dr. Plotnick.
According to the Humane Society, a veterinarian can also conduct a blood titer test to measure your indoor cat’s rabies antibodies. If the levels are sufficient, your cat may be exempted from revaccination.
If your cat is up to date on core vaccinations, then your cat may be able to receive boosters every three years, rather than every year. Check with your veterinarian to confirm whether your community requires annual rabies vaccination or permits the three-year vaccine.
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