I'm sorry if there's already a thread with a case similar to this one.
The vet came today, an hour ago. He was supposed to give my cats, Damien and Kharjo, their RCP shots. Damien is around 6 years old and Kharjo is 1 year old. They have never been vaccinated before but the weather is constantly changing so I feared they might get ill. I don't know why, I decided to open the vet's crate in which he stored the vaccines. I saw several containers with names and usage. They were all Virbac. The vaccine the vet shot my cats with was hot pink and I THINK I saw he injected LEUCOGEN which is Virbac's vaccine for feline leukemia. I asked my vet which one he had injected and he showed me FELIGEN. What? I'm not really sure if he did inject LEUCOGEN but I'm really scared as I have read a lot about feline sarcoma associated particularly with leukemia vaccine. They were shot in the legs but I don't want my cats losing their leg either. Also, I need to know if I can still trust the vet. My question is: Have your cats ever been injected with either LEUCOGEN or FELIGEN? What color was it? Any side effects? What can I do?
Well, I wouldn't freak out. I've vaccinated all my cats on a regular basis for years, including the leukemia vaccine in its early forms to now, and have not seen a problem; certainly nothing like the loss of a leg.
Also, you don't know for sure what the vet did, so try to stay calm, he might have done everything correctly.
If you are totally certain your cat got the wrong shot, consider taking the cat who you think didn't get the right shot to a different vet in a few weeks, and re-vaccinating.
sorry I'm a bit confused here....did your cats only get the Leucogen vac for FeLV and NO other vac's???
the Vet didn't give the RCP vac as you requested, are you very sure of that?
If he did give both you sure DON'T want to be re vaccinating them again in a few weeks..
there is always a worry when using the adjuvanted vaccines like some rabies and FeLV..the others like RCP are non-adjuvanted and safer.
here is a site that states 3 in 10,000 cats will develop a tumor, thats why its best to vaccinate as little as possible, are you kitties indoor only cats?
do they come into contact with other cats at all?
Many Vets state now that a one time Vaccine of everything is good for life of the pet...but you will need to decided for yourself which opinion you prefer to trust.
My boys are indoor cats and I stopped all vaccines 6 yrs ago. except for rabies that I am forced to do for one b/c he occasionally bites...so the health dept insists.
Yes, they only got Leucogen. I'm very, very sure. I even called to the labs and they explained the color has always been transparent on the RCP one and pink on the leukemia one. And after he injected them I snooped on the crate and I saw that most of his vaccines were for leukemia and just one for RCP... and he injected my two cats.
I know, I know, that's why I'm so worried. I know that most cat-friendly vets use Merial and I don't know anyone who uses Virbac... which means nothing because there's a reason it still is commercially available... but the chances are higher.
They're indoor/outdoor. They do come in contact with other cats (sometimes other neighbors' cat comes).
I'm not planning in vaccinating them with the leukemia one again unless it's absolutely necessary (traveling).
My cat have never been vaccinated and they are very healthy. I just wanted them to be fine. What is the brand you used to vaccinate your cat with?
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