FVRCP (Distemper) Vaccine

The Cat Practice utilizes the Heska Ultranasal™FVRCP vaccine.

An inital series is needed to stimulate an appropriate immune response by the body. If the cat is under 16 weeks of age, an FVRCP vaccine needs to be given every 3-4 weeks until the kitten has reached 16 weeks old, then the vaccine is good for 1 year. After that, the vaccine is good for 3 years. If the cat is an adult and has never had an FVRCP vaccine before, the first vaccine is given, then must be boostered 3 to 4 weeks later. The booster is good for 1 year, then after that, the vaccine is good for 3 years.

The Cat Practice doesn't like to over-vaccinate cats, therefore we discontinue this vaccine around 8-9 years of age.

This FVRCP vaccine is recommended for the vaccination of healthy, susceptible cats against feline herpesvirus-1 (the cause of feline rhinotracheitis), feline calicivirus and feline parvovirus (the cause of feline panleukopenia). The vaccine will not protect against disease in the face of incubating feline herpesvirus, feline calicivirus or feline parvovirus infection. Therefore, only healthy cats should be considered as candidates for vaccination.

 

A single 0.2 mL dose is administered intranasally, divided into both nostrils. No needles are necessary to administer the vaccine.

Transient sneezing for one or more days after vaccination is not uncommon. A small number of cats may experience other mild post-vaccination side effects including ocular and/or nasal discharge, GI signs (such as vomiting) or, in rare instances, nasal or oral ulcers.

 

 

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