FVRCP is also commonly referred to as the feline combo vaccine. It stands for Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (or upper respiratory infection), which is usually Herpesvirus 1, along with Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. These viruses can be LIFE THREATENING and your cat can be exposed to them even if it is indoors only. If your cat contracts severe respiratory infection, is could cost thousands of dollars to treat with IV fluids and medications. The possibility of your cat contracting these viruses could be greatly reduced by proper vaccination.
The feline combo vaccine should first be given to kittens at 6-8 weeks of age. It should be repeated every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age (for example, 6, 9, 12, and 16 weeks or 8, 12, and 16 weeks). Kittens get a lot of antibodies to viruses from their mother’s milk. However, as they age, the antibodies from their mother start to decrease and that is when they need to get vaccinated. Just like vaccinating your child, kittens have to get several vaccines in a row. The next time the FVRCP vaccine needs to be given is at one year of age. Then, depending on the vaccine administered, it is given every year to every three years (at SNP LA, we use a vaccine that is given every three years).
If your cat has an unknown vaccine history, you should administer two vaccines 3-4 weeks apart. Then, you should booster again at one year. This vaccine schedule allows for the best vaccine coverage for your cat. If you cat has received an unknown prior vaccine, it should not cause any problems getting “extra” vaccines.
We offer low cost vaccines at all three of our locations. Please come by and we can help you determine what vaccines your pet needs to prevent unnecessary diseases from happening.