FIV (Feline aids)

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Background Feline immunodeficiency virus causes a potentially fatal viral disease that interferes with the cat’s immune system similar to HIV virus in humans (note: It does not transmit to humans).  The virus resides in the blood stream of infected cats and transmission is usually through saliva from a bite wound.  Close contact such as grooming or sharing a food bowl does not spread FIV. FIV causes various clinical signs in affected cats. The general presenting signs in most of the cases we have seen at our surgery relate to immunosuppression caused by the virus. FIV affects the
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Small Animal Vaccination (dogs, cats & rabbits)

2016 vaccination protocols for Dogs, Cats & Rabbits New vaccine guidelines released by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) in 2015 now state that puppies and kittens require a final core vaccination at 16 weeks of age or older, this is due to the ~10% of animals that will not react to the 12 week vaccination due to interference from maternal antibodies.  In addition, cats that are deemed high risk of coming into contact with other cats of unknown health status should be vaccinated annually with the core vaccine. Dog vaccination Puppies Core vaccine (Vanguard +5) start at 6-8wks of age, with boosters
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