In infancy stages, animals have underdeveloped immune systems and are therefore highly susceptible to health problems. It’s one of the core feline vaccines recommended by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, along with rabies. In addition to the ‘flu and enteritis injection, we can also offer an additional vaccine to protect against Feline Leukaemia virus. use that for a week to ten days than can cut in half again for long term maintence if necessary. I don’t have the money to take them all to the vet and the Humane Society here will probably put to sleep. Like with kids, if one gets it, it’s very likely that many will. At that age studies have shown most kittens have few maternal antibodies left to protect the kitten from disease and interfere with vaccination.
Is there anything to do about this? I am on Unemployment myself and have tried to make sure they always have food, water and a warm place to sleep but don’t know what to do about health issues and even at Aleey Cat Rescue, they want $20 per cat plus $20 for cage after you trap them. Help? And God Bless you and anyone helping these innocent creatures. Ott, DVM Niels C. The distemper vaccine is composed of four diseases and is given yearly after the kitten vaccine series and is composed of the Feline Herpes/Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, Panleukopenia virus, Feline Chalmydia bacteria. It needs to eat more to meet it’s needs, and in the process consumes more calories from the fillers.
I can tell you a couple of things you can do that won’t hurt in the meantime. They’ll help in areas that the vet wouldn’t treat, anyway. One is to start supplementing the sick kitties’ food with lysine in case they’re suffering from the feline herpes virus. They then go on the “one year booster, followed by a vaccination every three years” schedule. NB: Flea collars traditionally used on cats tend to be minimally effective in controlling fleas as the drugs contained within them have become less potent to the more resistant fleas encountered today. I recommend to use a product made just for cats, such as Viralys or Enisyl-F products (search for them online or visit www.entirelypets.com). But you can also use tablets for people, available at any pharmacy.
The first (FHV) is the virus, and the second (FVR) is the resulting illness. Two other feline vaccinations are available. As for the eyes, you should use a product called Terramycin eye ointment. This will treat a broad range of bacterial infections and also will help protect and heal any corneal ulcers that are commonly caused by the feline herpes virus. You will want to gently pull down the bottom eyelid of the kitties to create a little pouch. Then place a 1/4″ strip of the ointment in the pouch 3 times a day for 10 days in most cases. Eigner, VMD and Joan Miller Julie Levy, DVM, PhD The Veterinarian and Pedigreed Cat Breeder Relationship Feline Vaccinology 21 1999 • Sacramento CA Mark D.