Originally Posted by Denice
Since someone has mentioned the annual vaccinations I'll put my two cents in on that one. I have long thought that this is unnecessary for adult indoor cats and from the research I have done there are several vets that are breaking the silence on that one. There is even a vet in Texas that has brought a lawsuit against the other vets in that state for fraud because of unnecessary vaccinations. Some vets even go so far as to say no vaccinations are necessary after the kitten shots and one year boosters. I'm not willing to go that far but I like the sane middle of the road approach that says once every three years is adequate. I haven't got into that one with my vet yet but I probably will this summer when my cats are due. My one that is sick a lot has to be pretreated because of an allergic reaction to the one year boosters and that can't be good. I know with humans it's never good when someone has to medicate the side effects from another medication. I am not even sure an annual exam is necessary because he ends up at the vets more often than that anyway. Maybe it is good for him to be checked when he is healthy though. My other cat needs an annual exam because so far she has been healthy and that is the only time she gets checked by a vet but I think I am going to question the boosters since they had them last summer.
I agree, and I will tell you WHY I'll never go to the aforementioned vet again. I took a kitten in to be spayed. She'd had all of her shots already (a few months earlier), and I handed them documentation saying so. I said I wanted her spayed. Nothing else. No other things were mentioned.
I come back to pick her up, and see that my bill is about $30 or 40 more than it should be. The vet gave her ALL of the shots AGAIN, plus a $13 Feluk shot (which I would not have gotten for her, seeing as she's never been outside, and is not in her new home either), and tacked it onto my bill. even marked them all off as "given" a second time on the paperwork I'd given them!
There wasn't anything I could do but fume as I paid extra for shots I never asked for, as it would've been their word against mine.
Luckily, she did not seem to have any ill reactions to it, and recovered quickly.
They've done that to at least two people I've spoken to, and for obvious reasons, none of us are going back there again!
Pudge will get vaccs every 3 years, with titer tests in between to see if she still has immunity.