Vaccinations*: It is important that your cat be vaccinated at all stages of her life. We recommend the following vaccines for most of our feline patients:
- HCP, or the “Feline Distemper/Upper Respiratory Vaccine” protects against these diseases
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calicivirus – result in the majority of most reline respiratory diseases and are easily transmitted. Symptoms include nasal or ocular discharge, sneezing, conjunctivitis, ulcers of the oral cavity, anorexia and depression.
- Panleukopenia – (Feline Distemper) a highly contagious, often fatal disease. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration and abdominal pain.
- We administer this vaccine every 3 years once adult immunity has been established.
- FeLV, or the “Feline Leukemia” vaccine protects against the virus that produces immunosuppression, which can lead to other diseases or infections and eventually, some forms of cancer. The disease is transmitted by direct contact with infected cats. We administer this vaccine every 2 years once adult immunity has been established.
- Rabies – The law requires that all pets be kept current on their rabies vaccine. Failure to do so could result in a fine and citation. In the event your pet bites someone, quarantine or other public safety measures may be ordered by local law enforcement.
- For cats, we vaccinate using the annual vaccine. Rabies is a viral disease that can affect all warm-blooded mammals.
Grooming – Brush frequently to keep coat from matting and trim toenails to prevent overgrowth. Or, bring your pet to our Professional Pet Groomer, Janice Francis. Janice has been grooming at Central Texas Animal Hospital since 1991. She is known for her beautiful work and for her skill in making dogs and cats feel comfortable during their visit.
**We caution against the use of over-the-counter flea control products, as some have proven to be toxic to cats.**
Heartworms – Revolution– is a great heartworm preventative and prevents other parasites such as roundworms, ear mites and hookworms. This is very important, since some of these parasites are contagious to humans.
Call (512) 251-BARK or email us anytime you observe a potential problem or need additional information or advice.