- Aug 17, 2014
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- Tampa Bay Florida
Then I got to thinking that recently I was able to take Callie off his Phenobarbital pill due to it being at least a year since his last seizure. Callie has gone at least 2 mo. w/out his daily pill and no seizure. So I got to thinking where the vaccinations causing the seizures? Or is it just a coincidence that the first time I skipped a year with shots his seizures stopped. So last night I did some research
I also read that once your pet has had the initial rabies shot you should get the 3 year rabies because the 1 year and the 3 year are the same shot but legally your pet is covered for 3 years.
So basically I am afraid to take Callie in for any shots even the rabies after the many articles I read and proof in that his seizures have stopped since skipping a year of vaccinations. At the same time I don't want him to get any of the illnesses that they vaccinate for. I read to consider the pets risk factor when making a decision about shots. We don't have a yard so Callie is an inside dog that we walk on a leash 3 times daily and in florida's heat sadly not long enough walks in our long hot summers.
I know this is a long post but next I want to write about my cat Trinity that is due for her annual shots. I had planned to take her in today as well. On Oct 28 2013 I adopted her from a rescue that hold adoption events at the Pet Smart in Tampa. On Trinity's medical records the rescue wrote and highlighted the words " latest FVRCP" above shots dated 09/11/2013. On a previouse vet visit medical record the rescue wrote and highlighted the words "old FVRCP" above the shots dated 06/24/13. This is the date she had her rabies vaccine as well. The medical record had written 3 year rabies due 06/25/14. She was a stray so the records all say feral I think for the purpose of lower cost treatment from a feral fund. It is doubtful that she ever had what the articles referred to as proper kitten vaccinations. So my concern is this do the rescues just give cats the first set of vaccinations because they are assuming that the new owner will take the cat in to be vaccinated in a year anyway? I understand the need for this as being a cost factor for the rescue but also the need to find forever homes quickly. However Trinity did have 2 FVRCP vaccinations one in 06/13 and done again in 09/13.
My other Kitten Twilight I found on 12/06/13 when she was a mere 1 Lb. estimated to be 4 w/o, young for shots. However I followed the recommendations of the low cost vaccination/Spay and she had her shots every 3 weeks don't remember how many times but it seems I went every three weeks at least 3-4 times and then going back for rabies and Spay when she was old enough. So I know she has had her "proper kitten shots" as the articles described. The articles I read all recommended an 100%indoor cat with no exposer to outdoor cats not requring annual vaccinations providing they were properly vaccinated as a kitten. However, none of the articles describe what is considered "proper kitten vaccinations." Are they referring to the way Twilight was vaccinated at 3 week intervals?
Since I am not sure if Trinity has been properly vaccinated would it be better to go ahead and have her vaccinated again this year?
Also that poses the same question for my third kitty Amber who I rescued from a different rescue that sets up adoption sights every Saturday at the Pet Smart store in my town. I adopted her 02/09/14 and she was estimated to be 6 months old The rescue got Amber and her brother from people who got the kittens to be barn cats but the rescue was concerned for the kittens safety because they were not feral. So I am quit sure Amber only had the one set of vaccines that the vet record documents was on02/01/14. So is she she not considered to be " properly vaccinated either?" And would it be safest to take her in this Feb 2015 for her vaccinations and 3 year rabies as well?
I am not at all questioning whether Twilight needs annual vaccination when her year is up because I know she was "properly vaccinated as a kitten." because I took her at each interval the clinic told scheduled her for.
I am only on the fence so to speak because I am not sure if Trinities 2 vaccinations and Amber's 1 vaccination is enough to protect them for more than a year. I would just take them anyway to be safe but from my research over vaccinating is not safe for our pets and the points these articles made were very convincing. As well as proof in the absence of my dog Callie's seizures when we skipped a year of vaccinations.