Thursday, November 11, 2010

240. Email query about vaccination for cats

I am Dr Sing. Thank you for your email. The reply in CAPITAL LETTER is as follows:



On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 9:41 PM, ...@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi,

I recently took in a small black stray cat that a friend of mine had found and nursed back to health. I wanted to schedule some time to bring him in to get any required vaccinations and a general check up.

I have a few queries:

1. What vaccinations are normally required?

ALL CATS SHOULD BE VACCINATED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING FIRST 3 COMMON DISEASES IN SINGAPORE LISTED BELOW

* Panleukopenia virus (distemper)
* Feline calicvirus (FCV)
* Feline herpes virus (rhinotracheitis)

AS FOR RABIES, THERE HAVE BEEN QUERIES FROM CAT OWNERS.

* Rabies (NO NEED TO VACCINATE FOR CATS IN SINGAPORE AS THERE IS NO RABIES IN SINGAPORE)


* Panleukopenia Vuaccine (also called "Feline Distemper")
Panleukopenia is caused by a feline parvovirus (FPV), and is particularly vicious, capable of being spread rapidly, with a high mortality rate, especially in younger cats.
* Feline Calicivirus
This virus, along with the Feline Herpes virus, causes the majority of upper respiratory infections URIs in cats, and can be spread by "carrier" cats for years.
* Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes Virus)
Rhinotracheitis causes serious potential respiratory and neurological diseases, especially in kittens.




2. Do I need to make an appointment or can I just drop in?
Drop in is OK but sometimes the vet is operating and you need to wait a long time. It is best to make an appointment.

3. As it is a male cat I may need to consider getting it spayed. Would you recommend that?
NEUTERING IS ADVISED FOR THE MALE CAT to prevent caterwauling, wandering urges, urine marking and fighting. SUCH BEHAVIOUR IS COMMON IN MANY MALE CATS

4. What would it normally cost for all of that? VACCINATION IS $35.00 IF THERE IS NO CONSULTATION WHICH IS $35 - $40. Neutering, anaesthesia and post-op antibiotics and painkiller are estimated to be $110-$130.

Please let me know - many thanks.

Regards,
Name of Owner

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