Vaccination Guidelines for Cats
Associated Sarcomas (VAS) or Injection Site Fibrosarcomas -
are a type of cancer caused by vaccines. Vaccines containing
adjuvant, a component to stimulate the immune system, are at least 5
times more likely to cause a VAS.
Non - Adjuvanted vaccines are available for cats for all preventable diseases including Rabies, Distemper, Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus and Feline Leukemia, and are considered safer.
Vaccines are safer.
Core vaccines recommended for all cats.
*Testing and avoiding exposure of cats less than 1 year of age is more effective in elimination of FeLv than vaccination.
immuno- suppressive virus the vaccine is adjuvanted and an initial 3 dose
series is recommended. The vaccine contains Clades A & D of the FIV virus.
The predominate Clade causing disease in the US is Clade B. Cross protection is poor. The
AAFP asked the USDA CVM not to license this vaccine. Vaccination will result
in false positive testing.
Infectious Peritonitis FIP is a very rare
85% of cats have the non- pathogenic Enteric
corona virus. Rarely this virus mutates to cause FIP. Every mutation is a
unique virus. The vaccine only contains the vicinal virus and cross
protection to each mutation is poor. There is a theory of vaccine-enhanced
Bordetella This is primarily a disease of kittens, found in shelters and associated with poor sanitation. The vaccine is recommended only in shelters with a problem and where Bordetella has been shown to be a causative agent. Bordetella has been shown to be normal flora in adult cats.
Dr Michael Lappin at Colorado State, an expert in Feline respiratory disease, has not seen a case in 10 years.
Side effects, including sneezing affect 5%of cats vaccinated.
Chlamydia or Pnuemonitis- This is a rare disease, and is easily treated. Vaccination only provides 2 months protection. Vaccination can be useful to stop an outbreak in a cattery.
Feline Dermatophyte Infection, or Ringworm Independent studies have demonstrated no efficacy in the prevention or as an aid in elimination of ringworm.
are the recommendations of Bob Rogers DVM based on
Peer Reviewed Journal Publications (References)
The American Association of Feline Practitioners
The American Veterinary Medical Association
Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents
Texas A&M University
Colorado State University
The American Animal Hospital Association
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