The importance of vaccinations has been put on clear display in recent years. The right vaccines can protect your pets from a variety of serious and even deadly diseases. If you have brought a cat into your family, it is important to make sure that he or she is vaccinated. Do you have any questions concerning feline vaccinations? Contact our team at Animal Hospital of West Nashville and speak with Dr. Burgess.
Cat Vaccinations Explained
A vaccine primes your cat’s immune system to fight off deadly diseases, such as rabies. The immune system is an incredible work of nature and your cat can fight off many diseases on its own. That said, cats may struggle to fight off certain diseases without a bit of help. That is where vaccines and veterinary care come into play.
When it comes to feline vaccinations, there are core and non-core pet vaccines. Core vaccines are vaccines that every cat should get regardless of individual risk factors and lifestyle. Non-core vaccines are often seen as optional and may depend on your cat’s lifestyle and individual risk factors.
Core and Non-core
Core vaccines typically include rabies, feline calicivirus, feline rhinotracheitis, and feline panleukopenia. Even if your cat is never going to go outside, rabies vaccines are necessary. If your cat contracts rabies he or she may die and may spread the disease to other animals and even people.
Feline leukemia, Feline AIDS, Feline infectious peritonitis, Chlamydophila felis, and Bordetella bronchiseptica are all non-core vaccines and are considered on a cat-by-cat basis. Talk with our vet if you would like to know if these vaccines are right for your cats.
Preventative Medicine is Often the Best Option
Cat vaccinations are an important component of preventative care. A proper diet, getting your cat fixed, flea and tick prevention, regular exams, and other forms of preventative care can help keep your feline friend happy and healthy for years to come. No matter your needs, working with a veterinarian is a wise idea when it comes to cats and their health.
Get Your Cat Vaccinated in Nashville, TN
If you need to set up a vaccination schedule for your cat or need other veterinary services, call our team at Animal Hospital of West Nashville today at (615) 356-8993 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Burgess.