Vaccine Recommendations for Feline Panleukopenia Vaccination (FPV)
- Core - vaccine that every cat should receive at some point in its life
- Noncore -- vaccine that only some cats need, the decision to use these vaccines is dependent upon factors such as geographic location and the lifestyle of the cat
- Not recommended -- vaccine that is not generally recommended for any cat
Vaccine Recommendations for FPVKittens should receive the first FPV shot between 6 to 8 weeks of age. If the living environment is known to be in risk of FPV, re-vaccinate kittens every three to four weeks until they are 16 weeks old. Booster vaccination should be at 1 to 2 years of age, after discussing with your veterinarian.
What types of vaccines are used for FPV?There are three kinds of vaccines for cats:
- Injectable killed virus -- recommended for use in disease-free colonies
- Injectable Modified live strain -- not recommended for pregnant cats or kittens under 4 weeks of age
Alternative VaccinesAn injectable vaccine containing FPV and strains of the herpes virus (FHB) and calicivirus (FCV) is also available. The recommendation for this combination vaccine is that:
- Kittens should receive two doses with the first, given as early as 6 weeks of age and the second after 16 weeks of age
- Adolescent and adult cats should receive two doses given three to four weeks apart
- Both kittens and adults should receive boosters after one year, and then every three years
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