Both of my babies are due for check-ups and I had them run estimates on titres and shots etc. I personally believe that vaccinations should be reserved for when they're needed medically. I have signed legal waivers in the past to forgo the rabies shots for my boys. But when cost is an issue, things get complicated.
current prices @ my clinic: FVRCP and rabies are each $22 The titre test for panleuk runs $47.50 (venipuncture charge here is $21.24, but they're pulling blood for the CBCs etc, so it's a wash). The titre test for rabies? $130 It really really really bothers me that the medically reasonable course is over five times the cost!!!! so while i really believe that a titre before a vaccination is the way to go, i simply can't afford it right now (we're condo-shopping). and i certainly can't do what i used to and take both kits in at the same time for check-ups! Barb+Smoky the House Puma+El Bandito Malito "My cat the clown: paying no mind to whom he should impress. Merely living his life, doing what pleases him, and making me smile." - Anonymous ________________________________ From: Avia Rauscher <a...@rauscher.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wed, March 3, 2010 1:40:17 PM Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Subject: vaccination questions You can have titre tests done to check the level of antibody in the cat's system. I would say just forgo the vaccinations and/or titres if you are sure that the cat won't be hospitalized or boarded. Many vet hospitals and boarding facilities will not allow an animal to be admitted without proof of vaccination. While a certificate from your vet may get you past any state laws (like in NY) that require rabies vaccination, vet hospitals and boarding facilities are breeding grounds for germs and your kitty may end up exposed and unprotected. My vet pointed this out to me when I brought Horus (who has asthma) & Blackie in for their annuals and questioned annual vaccinations. Avia _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org