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Q: Is the FeLV vaccine safe?

August 23, 2008 | By Kathrynnj | 6 answers | Expired: 2297 days ago

Kathrynnj

I am having an FeLV scare right now in my neighborhood. I'm taking my one cat to be tested today. He has a very low risk since he is neutered and we haven't had any problems with FIV/FeLV in the neighborhood until just these past couple weeks. I'd like to know if the vaccine is okay. I volunteer at a shelter and long story short, they offered to order the vaccine for me as cheap as they could get it so I could keep my cats safe.

I've read lots of bad things about it, but I haven't heard much good about it. The lady at the shelter said it might be worth me vaccinating my cats as the only risk she would be worried about is there has been known be to masses that show up at the injection site.

Yes or no? I foster and rescue kittens etc etc and I'd rather be safe then sorry and feel okay about letting my one cat outside to play in the yard. y other cat I rescued as a stray refuses to come in the house and lives in a dog house in my yard. I'd like to have her vaccinated as well.

Update: I had him tested yesterday(8/23) and it was negative. The initial exposure would have been 3 months ago, plenty of time for something to show up. He goes outside, and one of my other cats lives in my yard. She refuses to come in.

The FeLV/FIV vaccinations have never been mentioned to me before. All of my cats get a rabies and distemper shot, but the FeLV shot is not included in that. I don't even know if my vet offers it. The shelter is ordering the good one from Merial for me though. I still have to catch a possibly + one to take to the shelter to be tested as well. She is not my cat, and is a semi feral cat I have been trying to catch for about 2 years. Her babies are in my yard as I speak, but rest assured I am working with a vet tech at the shelter to do this all right.

Readers' Answers (6)
Carol L.
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Aug 23, 2008

Kathryn, I am sure there may be some cats who may have a reaction to this, it would be best to talk to your vet and let him/her determine what would be best in this situation. This is such a bad disease in cats you just want to make the correct decision.

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Amanda L.
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Aug 23, 2008

I have used it for years on my cats and have never had a problem. Like the 1st person said, asking your vet would be the best idea. I just would like to note I have been using them for over 3 years and I have had 1 litter of kittens and 4 adult cats..... never have had a issue.

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Aug 23, 2008

Vaccines, both in human and animal medicine, have come under attack with critics blaming adverse reactions and long-term health disorders on their wide-spread and frequent use. However, most immunologists agree that the risks of disease far outweigh the risks associated with the process of vaccinating. Unfortunately, to those humans and pets who comprise the minority high-risk group for vaccine reactions, the advantages offered by vaccines are understandably overshadowed by fears of debilitating or even fatal adverse reactions.

The best response is to discuss the issue with your veterinarian. In the vast majority of situations, vaccines are much more beneficial than harmful, and they continue to help protect cats from serious infection and disease. But one way to reduce the chance of sarcoma development is not to vaccinate unnecessarily. Veterinarians are being urged to evaluate each individual cat's risk of infection to guide in deciding which vaccines should be given. After considering both the vaccine and your cat's situation, your veterinarian will assist you in designing a vaccination program that not only protects against infectious disease but is as safe as possible.

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