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Scenic Hills Veterinary Hospital

1301 E. Nine Mile Road
Pensacola, FL 32514

Phone: 850-477-6225
Fax: 850-484-8852

Business Hours
Monday–Thursday: 6 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday, 6 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
Most Holidays: 7 a.m.–4 p.m.

Feline Center: 850-477-4955
Surgical Center: 850-479-8990
Canine Medical and Emergencies:

Lisa Beitler, DVM
Chere Ernest, DVM
Leslie Davis, DVM
Mark Royer, DVM
Holly Bartels, DVM
Bill Fouts, DVM
Brittany Rose, DVM
Marlene Baumeister, DVM
Nichole Loring, DVM
Gregory Strand, DVM



Vaccinations against certain contagious diseases are one of the best investments you can make regarding the health of your cat. Not administering all temporary vaccinations is dangerous because your kitten will go unprotected during its most vulnerable time. Kittens are not capable of developing long lasting immunities, so this series of vaccinations provides overlapping immunity.

General Vaccination Schedule

4 to 7 weeks of age De-Worm Only
7 to 9 weeks of age Temporary DRC
9 to 13 weeks of age DRC
13 to 16 weeks of age DCR & Rabies
Once each year Annual Booster & Rabies

Annual Booster Visits

Annual Booster Visits
We recommend yearly boosters for cats after the schedules above have been met. Once each year, adult cats should be brought to SHVH for an annual checkup. At this annual visit, your cat will receive 1 or 2 shots, depending on whether the rabies vaccine is needed and a physical exam at no extra charge.

A series of at least 2 injections against distemper, rhinotracheitis, and the calici virus. The DRC is the same vaccination that is given to adult cats once each year as an annual booster. Distemper is a very severe and often fatal intestinal virus. Rhinotracheitis and calici are both respiratory viruses which can be fatal and can also permanently affect the eyes and urinary tract.

Feline Leukemia
Vaccine is available, but its effectiveness is debatable. We recommend it for cats in high risk environments… ask the veterinarian. The initial series of vaccinations consists of 2 injections given 2 to 3 weeks apart. An annual booster vaccination is then required.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis – A vaccine is available but we do not recommend it.

Rabies & Escambia County License
Rabies is a fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans by dogs, cats, some other animals. The rabies vaccination for dogs, cats, and ferrets is safe and very effective. Escambia County requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets to be immunized against rabies and receive a county license tag. The annual license fee goes directly to the Escambia County Animal Shelter and is used for animal control. State and County laws now recognize 3 year rabies vaccine but all 3 year rabies vaccines require a 2 shot series with a 3 year vaccine to develop 3 year protection. The initial rabies vaccination is still only effective for 1 year. Also, the County License is still valid for only 1 year and next year, your dog, cat, or ferret will still need a new County License to be legal.

Intestinal Worms
Cats and kittens do not have the problems with worms and heartworms that dogs and puppies do. A separate feline heartworm handout is available at SHVH, but preventative medication is seldom necessary. Heartworm disease in cats is normally very mild. Cats tend to cure themselves without any signs of illness or need for treatment, and then become immune. The most common type of worms in cats are tapeworms. They can be seen in the cat’s feces (stool). Cats should be de-wormed annually or whenever worms are seen. Tapeworm eggs are carried by fleas and flea control is essential to prevent or eliminate tapeworms.

Scenic Hill Veterinary Hospital

Feline Leukemia is Deadly
In the United States, it is estimated that 1 – 2% of the general cat population are carriers of the feline leukemia virus. These cats generally appear to be in good health, but can actually be harboring the virus for years before they show signs of infection.

Feline leukemia virus is an incurable disease that cripples the immune system, leaving cats vulnerable to other diseases. In some cats, this virus also causes malignant tumors. Feline leukemia virus is spread like the human HIV/AIDS virus. An infected cat can transmit the virus through its saliva, which gets under the skin of another cat through a cat bite that breaks the skin. Transmission of the virus can also occur through sexual contact. The most common spread of the disease occurs when an infected pregnant female cat passes the virus on to her newborn kittens.

Neutering or spaying your cat will reduce the chances of it getting the virus. Spayed and neutered cats lack the breeding instinct, and their fighting instincts are considerably diminished. Consequently, they will not be as active in seeking out other cats, and their chances of possibly coming into contact with an infected cat will be lessened.

The effectiveness of feline leukemia vaccines varies, but none give 100% protection against the virus. Advertising about the newer vaccines has been deceptive. Many vaccines are 100% effective at producing antibodies, but the antibodies are not necessarily protective against the virus. Some vaccines claim to be 100% effective, but the test procedures are not true to life. Sadly, the best vaccine on average offers only 30 – 40% protection against this deadly virus.

So, should we vaccinate our cats? It is recommended that outside, intact cats be vaccinated for feline leukemia, because it will offer some level of protection against the virus, and these cats run the highest risk of contracting the disease.


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