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Responsible Cat Owner Alert: AAFP Releases Updated Cat Vaccination Guidelines (U.S.) [Oct. 10th, 2013|08:56 pm]
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Originally posted by aviv_b at Responsible Cat Owner Alert: AAFP Releases Updated Cat Vaccination Guidelines (U.S.)
The American Association of Feline Practitioners has released new Vaccination Guidelines, endorsed by the International Society of Feline Medicine.

Full article here:
The schedule is more conservative in the types and frequency of vaccinations. For indoor cats see Table 2.

New injection sites are recommended due to vaccine related carcinomas.  You may want to take this with you to discuss with your vet (particularly if they are not a cat-only vet) during your cat's next appointment.


[User Picture]From: kahlan_amnell
2013-10-12 02:37 am (UTC)
This sort of thing scares me so much. My cats once got the three year rabies vaccine by accident, because the vet did not ask me which one I wanted them to get and I did not speak up and ask about it soon enough. It wasn't even clear until I got their records when I was moving which one they had received, as one piece of paperwork said one year and another said three year. It does look like they got the three year one, and I will be devastated if something happens to my cats because of it. It's been about two years now, and (knock on wood) they seem fine.

I'll be sure to show this information to the next vet I take my cats to.
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[User Picture]From: aviv_b
2013-10-12 01:06 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, up until this year, my cats were getting the 3 year because I didn't know and my old vet never gave me a choice. New vet only does one year and is much more cautious about vaccines in general.
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[User Picture]From: kazoogrrl
2013-10-12 04:13 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this important information! This summer one of my cats devoloped a vaccine related fibrosarcoma on his upper leg. Thankfully the vet we took him to did aggressive therapy (removed the bands of muscle and didn't do just a lumpectomy) and was able to get clear margins on the tumor. All paws are crossed it doesn't come back but considering we have two other cats and they all get the same vaccinations we are still worrying.
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[User Picture]From: aviv_b
2013-10-12 01:07 pm (UTC)
I hope your kitty is doing well. My old vet never discussed vaccines - new vet is much better about this.
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[User Picture]From: kazoogrrl
2013-10-12 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! He is doing really well so far. He'll always have a "skinny leg" but he's back to chasing his brother and climbing up on things he's not supposed to be on. Pretty normal!
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[User Picture]From: pinkydbzfan
2013-10-12 06:05 am (UTC)
At vet tech school we were always taught to go as low on the limb as possiable, espcially in cats. In case VRS happen, you can amputate and save the limb. Cant do that on the neck, which freaks me out everytime i see a vet do it like that >
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[User Picture]From: aviv_b
2013-10-12 01:08 pm (UTC)
Yep. that's what my old vet did - neck and hip - so far both kitties (11 and 12 yrs old) are fine, but now I go to a cats only vet practice and I'm finding that everything they do is much better.
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