Posted on 12-01-2017
Heard someone say FVRCP in an appointment, but not sure what it means? Here is some information about the vaccine. It prevents three potentially deadly viruses: Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and panleukopenia.
Rhinotracheitis is triggered by the common feline herpes virus. Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and drooling. Your cat's eyes may become crusted with mucous, and he or she may sleep much more and eat much less than normal. If left untreated in kittens this disease at its worse can cause severe illness and even occasionally the loss of an eye.
Calicivirus has similar symptoms, affecting the respiratory system and also causing ulcers in the mouth. It can result in pneumonia if left untreated—kittens and senior cats are especially vulnerable.
Panleukopenia (also known as distemper) is easily spread from one cat to another. Panleukopenia is so common that nearly all cats—regardless of breed or living conditions—will be exposed to it in their lifetime. It’s especially common in kittens who have not yet been vaccinated against it, and symptoms include fever, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. This disease progresses rapidly and requires immediate medical attention. Without intervention, a cat can die within 12 hours of contracting the disease.
These three viruses can be contracted by cats at any age. Kittens should receive their first FVRCP vaccination at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age. Adult cats should receive a booster once every three years. depending to your vet's recommendation. Adult cats with unknown vaccination records should receive a FVRCP vaccination, plus a booster.
It is rare that a cat may contract a disease from the vaccine or experience a side effect, such as fever or vomiting. These instances are an exception, and for most cats FVRCP will protect against Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia by boosting their immune system.