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Vaccinations

Cat Vaccinations

Let us help protect your cat.

Vaccinating is crucial to your cat’s overall health. However, there is always confusion about what vaccines are mandatory, how often they should be administered, and which ones are simply unnecessary but are still administered. To help clarify whether your cat is being over-vaccinated the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) developed guidelines for administering vaccines. Surprisingly, what your cat needs & how often your cat needs them are much less than what people realize.

Many cat owners unknowingly over-vaccinate their cat. This is especially true when it comes to the Rabies, Corona, Heartworm, and Distemper/Parvo Vaccines. Did you know that the Rabies and the Distemper/Parvo Vaccine is a three-year vaccine in the state of Connecticut? Not a one-year vaccine? One year vaccines are for cats that did not get their three-year vaccine within the given time frame in our state.

You need to ask yourself “What are all those vaccines doing for my cat, are they really necessary, and how often do they need to be administered.” These are the same questions we ask ourselves as humans and know that more is not better. Having unnecessary vaccines and then having them on a yearly basis is even worse for our overall health! An educated cat owner results in a healthier cat!

Your cat’s vaccinations should be specific to your cat’s health, age, and specific needs. To help you become a better advocate for your cat, please click on the red AAHA link below! You will be happy to know you gave your cat what is necessary for a long, healthy life!

As well as constant continuing education (both in-house and travel based) we follow the guidelines set by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for vaccinations & senior wellness, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) for Feline Lifestage Guidelines, the American Heartworm Society (AHWS) for heartworm prevention and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) for parasite prevention and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for animal to human disease risks.

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