Sheehy Animal Hospital Offers Cat Vaccinations
When you ensure your cat’s vaccinations are properly updated, you have taken the single most important measure to protect your pet’s health. Vaccines protect felines against common diseases that can make them very sick and can even threaten their lives, particularly in animals that are very young, very old or have other health issues. At Sheehy Animal Hospital in Livonia, MI, we provide vaccinations for both kittens and adult felines.
The Importance of Vaccinations for Your Cat
Vaccines for pets are critical in reducing the spread of common diseases that are transmitted from one pet to another, diseases that can be acquired from wildlife, and even from pets to the human population. Treatment of these diseases can be expensive for pet owners, so getting vaccinated is cost effective. In addition, many states and local communities require vaccination for all pets.
What Are “Core” Vaccines?
“Core” vaccines are those that are recommended for all animals, because of the prevalence of these diseases. Required vaccinations for cats include those against calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, panleukopenia, and rabies. These vaccines are begun when kittens are 8 weeks of age and continue at 3-week intervals until 16 weeks of age. After the animal reaches one year of age, the vaccines are administered annually. These core vaccines can be administered at your Livonia animal hospital.
What Are “Non-Core” Vaccines?
Additional vaccines are available for felines that may be at risk of exposure to other diseases. Bordetella bronchiseptia vaccines are given to cats that are boarded, to prevent upper respiratory infections. Vaccines against feline leukemia, feline AIDs virus, feline infectious peritonitis, and Chlamydophila felis are given on a case-by-case basis, depending on exposure. Your Livonia veterinarian will recommend which non-core vaccines your cat should get.
Concerns about Vaccinating Your Cat
Many people are expressing concerns about the number or types of vaccines being given today. However, pet owners should be aware that veterinary drug manufacturers do thorough testing of the vaccines to ensure their safety. Even more importantly, not getting vaccinated puts your pet at additional risk for many diseases that can be costly to treat, and sometimes may not always be able to save the animal. The vet at your Livonia animal hospital can answer any questions you might have about your cat's health and the safety of vaccines.
Make Sheehy Animal Hospital Your Livonia Veterinarian for Cat Vaccinations
Dr. Sharon Sheehy and the team at Sheehy Animal Hospital are dedicating to providing veterinary care for their patients in Livonia, MI and nearby communities. We offer a broad range of services, including preventative care, dental care, orthopedic surgery, and boarding. Call Sheehy Animal Hospital today at 248-206-3030 for an appointment to have your cat’s vaccinations updated and to learn about the measures you can take to protect your pet’s health.