Keep Your Kitty Safe
Just like people, cats need help and regular checkups to stay happy, healthy, and protected from diseases. At West Ballantyne Animal Hospital in Charlotte, NC, we help keep cats from around the state in top condition and research innovative procedures to do so in the most effective, comfortable, and affordable ways possible. We only use treatments we believe in and know to be safe and effective — when it comes to preventing diseases, that means adjuvant-free vaccines. Continue reading to learn why the vaccines at West Ballantyne are the safest you can get for your cat, and schedule an appointment for your pet friend at our veterinary clinic today!
Our top-rated local® veterinary clinic can protect your cats against a variety of diseases:
- FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
All of our vaccines are adjuvant-free!
Everyone knows that vaccines are an important part of disease prevention, keeping 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 that 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 ten 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 only to 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!