Dr. PetLover, LLC Mobile Veterinarian
Pearls of Pet Wisdom
|Posted on 31 October, 2014 at 11:55|
HAPPY HALLOWEEN and HAPPY ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY!
(KIR) Vaccines are important, even in our 'indoor only' cats. Your 'indoor only' cat may stay indoors however their humans go outside and there are other animals that sneak their way into our homes, bats in particular. There is also a chance that your kitty could escape accidentally or that you may need to take him/her out on an emergency basis.
Remember: Rabies kills! It is also zoonotic (transmitted from animals to people) AND we still see cases in New Jersey.
Cats have accounted for 90% of the domestic animal cases in New Jersey since 1989. For the last 5 years there has been an average
of 16 cats infected with rabies annually.......NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH STATISTICS
Besides rabies, there are other kitty diseases that your pet can be exposed to that can cause morbidity and sometimes mortality, including feline upper respiratory diseases and panleukopenia.
(TBS) Please vaccinate your indoor cats. For adult cats I recommend vaccinating them at least every 2-3 years for rabies and their combination vaccines. For those of you concerned with the vaccine induced sarcomas, these occur in a very small percentage of cases AND there are now feline rabies vaccines formulated specifically to reduce the likelihood of vaccine related sarcomas. In addition there are also intra nasal vaccines so for certain vaccinations your kitty does not even have to be injected.
The benefits truly outweigh the risks.
Dr. Pet Lover, LLC is available to examine your indoor kitty and give our recommendations. We believe in preventative care as it is always easier to prevent a disease than to treat it, if indeed it is treatable!