Vaccination plays a vital role in reducing the prevalence and severity of several diseases – including those that are associated with a high degree of mortality. These diseases are transmitted not just through contact with an infected pet, but from environmental factors such as contact with water that has been contaminated or drinking water that an infected wild animal has also drunk from. Even indoor cats should also be vaccinated, as several viruses, (especially Feline Infectious Enteritis-Panleukopenia) are very stable in the environment and can be transferred into homes on clothing and footwear.
It is important for pet owners to be aware that only some vaccines available provide immunity against all the below diseases. Every Manor Vets practice, can offer vaccines that cover all the diseases listed.
Vaccinations can be started from nine weeks old or at any age in an adult cat. The initial vaccination course includes two vaccinations which are administered three to four weeks apart. After this primary course, a once yearly booster vaccination is necessary to provide sufficient immunity within your pet should they come into contact with these diseases. Your cat also receives a full health check before receiving its vaccination, so can be an excellent way of your vet picking up on any subtle changes, which may be signs of other early disease.
Feline Infectious Enteritis (Panleukopenia) A viral infection associated with a severe and often fatal form of gastro-enteritis - vomiting and diarrhoea. This infection may also cause neurological symptoms in kittens. Recovery can be very slow from this virus.
Feline Herpes Virus & Calicivirus (‘Cat–Flu’) These viruses are extremely common and symptoms include sneezing, discharge from the eyes and nose, mouth ulceration, loss of appetite and even pneumonia. Recovery can be very prolonged and the cat may require hospitalisation to place a feeding tube if not eating.
Feline Chlamydophilosis This infection causes conjunctivitis and is passed from cat to cat by direct contact. It is more prevalent in young cats.
Feline Leukaemia Virus This virus causes a persistent infection of the bloodstream, bone marrow and lymph nodes and can be fatal. Most cats with this disease will die or require euthanasia within 3 years of diagnosis. Death is due to immunosuppression caused by persistent infection, progressive anaemia and development of tumours (lymphoma) or leukaemia
The Pet Health Club is Manor Vets ‘gold standard’ preventative healthcare plan covering vaccinations, health checks, microchips, flea and worming treatments, cost price food and discounts on a range of products and procedures such as neutering. It’s all covered in one affordable monthly direct debit. We recommend your cat is enrolled on the Pet Health Club as soon as possible to start benefitting.
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Manor Vets 24 Hour
115 Kent Road
Tel: 0121 422 5411
Vets & nurses on premises 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Tel: 0121 422 5411
At Manor Vets we are different to most veterinary practices because we have experienced vets and nurses on the premises around the clock every day of the year.
This enables us to deal with surgical and medical emergencies that arise during the night, as well as continued monitoring and care of hospitalised and critically ill patients.
We are fortunate at Manor Vets to have an amazing team of committed, talented and enthusiastic staff.