Part of the adoption fee for cats at the shelter is that they come vaccinated. The shelter does the FVRC vaccine and the vet does the rabies (per the fact that it is required by law). I'm pretty adept at giving vaccines so I'm happy to give the booster at the house when it comes due (and if I think of it) so they don't get so many vaccines at once and on a day of surgery as well.
|The virus and the sterile water to mix it with |
and the two pipettes for delivery
|Issac Arnold had absolutely no problem with this. |
He is such an easy going kitten
|Smedley on the other hand, said NO THANK YOU LADY!! |
and nearly fell off the scratching post.
Issac Arnold just wanted more attention
Now as you may know from reading my blog I'm not the biggest fan of vaccines because I do not believe that benefits outweigh the risks in every situation. There are many many side effects to vaccines including "VAS" which is vaccine associated sarcoma - a cancer that ended up taking the life of my kitty Ollie. It is a very very invasive cancer and very hard to treat and contain. It can be done, but you need to be very aggressive. I belong to a online group of people who have had a kitty who had VAS, and many are very active and this is their cause. They spend time reading and researching and in more than one case suing the manufactures trying to get them to take responsibility for this and make vets warn people of the risks - how many of you got vaccines for your kitties and were never warned about VAS?.
Well one member of the group learned about nasal vaccines she asked about them. I mentioned my vet cautioned against them because if they were going to get cancer from the vaccine you wouldn't want it in the nasal cavity to which "Mick & The Boys" replied
I had that same concern for a long time. I first heard of the Heska nasal vaccine back when I first joined this group twelve years ago, and it's taken me from then 'til now to get it for my kitty Boy
In that twelve years we haven't had any cases of nasal cancer that could be associated with the nasal vaccine, and the vets at the clinic say that they've never heard or read of one either. So I've finally concluded that it's probably pretty safe. Even after twelve years I don't feel certain that it's completely safe. I don't think there will ever be a feline vaccine that's 100% safe.
Which I find all so very fascinating.. so I thought I would share with you.