The Value of Cat Vaccinations

Everyone knows that vaccines are an important part of disease prevention that keep both ourselves and our pets healthy. What many people don’t think about is – what is in the vaccine itself? The bottom line is that the devil is in the details! Not all vaccines are created equal – especially when it comes to our beloved furry felines.

A large number of vaccines contain something called “adjuvants.” Adjuvants are chemicals which cause long term inflammation to create an immune response to develop protection against viruses. Cats seem to be especially sensitive to these chemicals, much more so than other species. There is much research to support that adjuvants have a strong link to cancerous tumors called sarcomas.

It has been reported that Vaccine Associated Sarcomas (VAS) occur in approximately 1 in 10,000 cats. These are fast growing, extremely large and aggressive tumors and require very extensive, expensive surgeries in an attempt to treat them. Although the exact correlation between adjuvants and VAS is unknown, one study noted that adjuvanted vaccines were 10 times more likely to develop a sarcoma tumor than non-adjuvanted vaccines.

At West Ballantyne Animal Hospital, we study and research all products recommended for our four-legged patients. We do not recommend the use of adjuvanted vaccines in cats. We would not use them in our own cats, so we definitely would not recommend them for yours! This is why we choose to only carry feline vaccines that are 100% adjuvant free!

We recommend several adjuvant-free vaccines for cats including Rabies, FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) and Leukemia – all depending on age, previous vaccine history and risk of exposure. Come into West Ballantyne Animal Hospital in Charlotte, and we would be happy to determine a vaccine plan specifically for your individual kitty!