Feline Herpesvirus (causative agent of Feline Infectious Rhinotracheitis) & Feline Calicivirus (causative agent of Feline Influenza) are two of the three feline respiratory infections against which the feline 3-in-1 vaccine protects. The clinical signs of these diseases may include runny eyes, runny nose, ulcers of mouth and tongue, coughing, sneezing, fever, pneumonia, loss of appetite, and inactivity. Secondary bacterial infections can be fatal. Infected cats may harbour the organism for life with persistent or recurrent disease. These diseases are common and are extremely contagious from cat to cat via infected discharges (e.g. mucus) and infected secretions (e.g. saliva and tears). These diseases do not affect humans or dogs.
3-IN-1 IS ALSO KNOWN AS ‘FVRCP’ VACCINE – PROTECTION AGAINST:
- Feline Herpesvirus (Causes Feline Infectious Rhinotrachetitis)
- Feline Calicivirus (Causes Feline Influenza)
- Feline Panleukopenia Virus (Causes Feline Distemper)
Most practices however vaccinate cats only twice. If vaccinations start very early – ie at 6 weeks – then a third booster at 16 weeks is indicated (To avoid interference from maternal immunity which may affect the early vaccine)
From: VIP Petcare