Guthrie vet clinic spills the beans and tells all about cat vaccines. What are they and which ones do you need?
This is the seventh part of a Guthrie vet wants to take you on a journey. Ever wonder what all those initials (DHLPP, FVRCP) meant at the Guthrie vet clinic when you go to get your pet vaccinated? Well, it’s quite simple; each letter stands for a disease that is contained within the vaccine. This week a Guthrie vet clinic will talk about cat vaccines. The annual vaccines for your cat are FVRCP, also commonly called feline distemper, leukemia and Rabies. Here is what they each stand for:
1. FVR stands for feline viral rhinotracheitis: Rhinotracheitis is caused by a virus transmitted through the air. Clinical signs include fever, sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge, and eye discharge.
2. C stands for Calicivirus and Chlamydia. Calicivirus is transmitted in saliva. It is a very hardy virus which is easily transmitted. Clinical signs include fever, anorexia, oral ulcers, and clear nasal discharge. Chlamydia is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted in saliva. Clinical signs include squinting, congestion, weepy eyes, sneezing, and a clear nasal discharge.
3. P stand for Panleukopenia: Panleukopenia also known as feline distemper is caused by a virus that is shed in body secretions. Clinical signs include decreased white blood cells count, high fever, anorexia, vomiting, green gooey diarrhea, and dehydration. This infection is most common in young kittens and is an often a fatal disease even in adult cats with no prior exposure.
4. Leukemia: Feline leukemia is a virus that suppresses the cat’s immune system. It can eventually cause leukemia, lymphoma, decreased red blood cell count, or reproductive disorders. Symptoms include chronic mouth and gum infections, skin and ear infections, chronic respiratory disease, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia and dehydration. Feline leukemia is transmitted through blood or saliva primarily through cat bites. It can also be passed from mothers to kittens in utero. The virus does not survive long outside a host and is easily killed by drying or cleaning. Guthrie vet clinics only recommend this vaccine if your cat goes outside or is exposed to other cats that go outside.
5. Rabies: Rabies is 100% fatal disease and is caused by a virus. The virus is only transmitted from the bite of another animal that is infected with the rabies virus. Symptoms can include sudden death, drastic changes in behavior and neurological symptoms. This disease is also contagious to humans and is 100% fatal.
Don’t let your cat out of the bag and get sick from these preventable diseases. Call your Guthrie vet clinic for an appointment today.
I would love to hear from you, so please share your comments and questions. If you have an Ask Dr. Anna question you’d like answered, please post them in the comments. Stay up to date on all the latest by subscribing to my blog. Also “like” me on Facebook,
Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but our very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.
Photo by: Andrea Schaffer