What vaccines & testing does my cat need?

The following vaccines & testing should be performed regularly for the health and protection of your cat and family:

  • Rabies
  • FVRCP (distemper)
  • FeLV (feline leukemia)
  • Fecal Exams

​​Rabies – (first vaccine valid for 1 year, subsequent vaccines valid for 3 years)
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus.  The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva contamination of an open cut or the eyes.  Left untreated, rabies attacks the nervous system and causes death.
Total Pet Care requires this vaccination for all our veterinary patients as well as boarding and grooming pets.

FVRCP – (kittens receive a series of 3-4 vaccines followed by annual updates)
FVRCP is a combination vaccine which vaccinates against the following diseases: 

Distemper:  (a.k.a. Panleukopenia) is a serious and deadly viral infection that can affect cats of all ages.  Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, depression and severe dehydration that can lead to the death of the cat.
Rhinotracheitis:  is the most severe and widespread upper respiratory viral infection in cats.  Symptoms include fever, heavy discharges from the eyes, nose and mouth, difficulty breathing, coughing and salivation.
Calicivirus:  a common viral upper respiratory infection.  It is widespread and can account for over 40% of all feline respiratory infections.  Symptoms include fever, respiratory difficulty due to pneumonia, ulcers and blisters in the mouth and on the tongue.  With medical care most pets survive this virus.
Panleukopenia: This disease is similar to canine parvovirus in that it attacks the pet’s immune system and their digestive system causing severe infections and diarrhea. Untreated it is often fatal but the FVRCP vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection.

Total Pet Care requires this vaccination for all of our veterinary patients as well as boarding and grooming pets.

FeLV-Feline Leukemia Virus – (updated based on pet’s risk factors)
Feline Leukemia is a highly contagious disease transmitted from an infected mother to her litter or from an infected cat through casual contact with saliva, nasal secretions, feces or blood.  It is the most lethal feline disease.  The FeLV vaccine can prevent this disease.  If your pet has not been vaccinated, it is required that they be tested prior to administering the vaccine.

Fecal Exams – (performed annually)
Fecal exams should be performed annually to detect gastrointestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, giardia, coccidia and tapeworms.  This may be the most important test you can do for your family as many of these parasites are transferrable to humans.  Total Pet Care is one of the few clinics in Greater Toledo area that has invested in the technology that allows us to be 30% more accurate than most other clinics in the detection of these parasites.