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Rabies - Connecticut state law requires vaccination of cats and dogs. Rabies is a viral disease affecting the central nervous system. It is usually spread through a bite from an infected animal; however, saliva contact with mucous membranes or open wounds on the skin are also possible routes. The initial vaccine is given after 12 weeks of age, it is repeated after 1 year and then every 3 years thereafter.
FVRCP - Feline viral rhinotracheitis / calicivirus / panleukopenia
The vaccine is given at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks , and 1 year of age and every 3 years thereafter. This vaccine protects against the following diseases.
Viral rhinotrachetis is probably one of the most serious and contagious respiratory infections a cat can contract. It's caused by a herpes virus that affects the upper respiratory tract, and the virus is transmitted in all the respiratory secretions. Symptoms vary, but the disease usually causes sneezing, coughing, runny eyes and nose, fever, lethargy, heavy drooling, and lack of appetite. Often the eyes are involved, in which case the cat will squint and have a heavy mucous discharge from the eyes
Calicivirus is a common respiratory disease in cats. The virus attacks the respiratory tract (lungs and nasal passages), the intestines, and the musculoskeletal system. It is highly communicable. The following symptoms typically present themselves suddenly: loss of appetite, eye and nasal discharge, ulcers in the mouth, tip of nose, lips or around the claws, pneumonia, lameness, fever, and bleeding from various sites.
Panleukopenia virus (FPV), also commonly referred to as feline distemper, is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in cats. This virus affects the rapidly dividing blood cells in the body, primarily the cells in the intestinal tract, bone marrow, and in the stem cells of the developing fetus. Because the blood cells are under attack, this virus can lead to an anemic condition, and it can open the body to infections from other illnesses – viral or bacterial. Symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, high fever, anemia and complete loss of interest in food.
FeLV - Feline Leukemia vaccine can be given at 8 weeks of age and is repeated 3 weeks later. Yearly vaccination is recommended.
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a major cause of illness and death in domesticated cats. The virus commonly causes anemia or lymphoma. It suppresses the immune system and it can also predispose cats to deadly infections. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, difficulty breathing progressive weakness and lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, and, bladder, skin or upper respiratory infections