Vaccinations – why they are important

I’m pretty sure that everyone reading our blog has some level of knowledge about cats and their welfare. You ( we hope) take your pet to regular checks with your vet and treat them for fleas and other parasites.  But what about Vaccinations?

The % of non vaccinated cats Sunny Harbour take in from owner relinquishments is alarming.

There are a number of mindsets when it comes to this subject. You have those who say we should vaccinate every year. Others who say every other year and those who believe vaccinations should be done away with completely.

I want to step away from the right and wrong argument and look at the facts of experience we see day in day out.

The truth of the matter is that there are pockets of deadly diseases such as parvo / enteritis and strong flu viruses appearing all over the UK and particularly in central and northern areas of Scotland.

These diseases were almost unheard of some years ago through good vaccinating practices.
Now I’m sure many of you are reading this thinking we are bias in our opinion. I suppose to a degree we are. This bias however stems from the sights we see day in day out not from blind allegiance.

Kitten of 5 weeks old with eyes painfully swollen shut as a result of cat flu virus.

Take for instance the recent outbreak of a flu type virus at Sunny Harbour that was brought in by a stray case we rescued.  Our entire main cat area was affected in just a few days.  Those with prior vaccination history fought it off no problem at all. Those who weren’t were very critically ill with dangerously high fever and mucous in their chest and lungs.   Poor Reggie was one if the worst affected being the source carrier and as for poor Bruno.  Well he had just fought to survive, become stable and then knocked for 6 by the virus. He is a very very ill boy.

Reggie gasping for air as more and more mucous builds up in his chest and airways hindering his breathing

If vaccinated, they will still get the virus but their bodies are better equipped to fight off each virus that comes along so making sure they don’t become critically ill.

With warmer winters and wetter summers it is even more important to keep them vaccinated as these viruses are not being killed off by a hard winter and mutate to continue their cycle.

Take a look at Reggie picture and tell us that you would want your pet to feel this level of discomfort, pain and unhappiness?

There are a couple of things we need to bear in mind when it comes to vaccinations, especially these days.

Will you travel on holiday? Will your pet go into a cattery or kennel or travel with you? What does your insurance company say?  Most importantly though do you want to ensure your pet is protected.

If you have answered yes to any of the above then the chances are you will need an annual booster for your pet to enable acceptance by the kennel, cattery, pet passport.

Typically the cost of a repeat booster with full health check is around £30. Not really much over the course of the year to protect your pet, but also to protect your wallet from the very expensive outlay involved in treating your cat or dog should they become desperately ill with one of these viral diseases making a comeback.

Educate yourself on the facts of these diseases & vaccines. Don’t make blind choices based on what the lady at the checkout told you. Speak to professionals.

If you are completely adamant you won’t vaccinate every year then at the very least get both primary vaccinations and the first 2 years boosters before you decide to stop vaccinations or, preferably if you must, then booster every 2 – 3 years.

Save your pet the pain & discomfort and the vet from cashing in on your blinkered view and heed our advice to regularly vaccinate your pet against the basic diseases of Enteritis and Cat Flu at the very least.  One day it may just save you putting your beloved pet in an early grave!

Painful swollen red eyes in a kitten infected with a cat flu virus.

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