The veterinarians of Lachine veterinary clinic demystify canine vaccination.

The basic vaccine (RCP): protects against the feline rhinotracheitis virus, calicivirus and panleukopenia.

These viruses are dangerous for your pet and are highly contagious between cats. Because these viruses can survive on objects, indoor cats can also catch these diseases.

Here are the main symptoms of these diseases:


Rabies vaccine: This virus is transmitted by saliva (via bite wounds) of wildlife animals, such as raccoon, skunks, foxes and bats and rabid pets.

The rabies virus can be transmitted to humans. Affected pets can show two types of symptoms: furious or paralytic (most canine cases).

There are three principal symptoms to recognize in a rabid animal:

—The virus targets the central nervous system. Therefore, lameness can be noticed in the bitten limb and eventually, general ataxia (abnormal gait) is observed.

—During the paralytic form, the virus causes paralysis of the larynx, resulting in marked salivation.

—Whatever its form, the rabies virus causes behavior modifications in animals. It is important to be wary of aggressive animals, but also of those abnormally quiet or easily approachable.

Leukemia vaccine (FeLV): FeLV virus is transmitted by saliva via bites, mutual grooming, licking and food and water bowl sharing. The virus can also be found in milk, nasal discharge, urine and feces.

The infected cats often show no symptoms, although some non-specific symptoms could be seen, like weight loss, diarrhea, nasal and/or ocular discharge, general weakness, lethargy and loss of

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV): It is mainly transmitted by the saliva via bite wounds. There’s no particular symptom associated with this disease other than a weakness of the immune system, resulting in various infections.

Possible post-vaccination reactions: after getting vaccine shots, your cat may become slightly lethargic and you may notice light swelling and discomfort at the injection site.

However, some symptoms are abnormal and suggest an allergic reaction.

Watch for these signs:

  • Skin rash;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Swelling of the face;
  • Shivering.

If you notice one or more of these signs, please call us quickly.

If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a member of the medical team of the Clinic (514-634-4190) who will be happy to assist you.

About the clinic: The Lachine Veterinary Clinic offers an unmatched and personalized service to pet owners from Lachine, LaSalle, Dorval and Pointe Claire, but also across the West Island of Montreal (West Island) and Laval, and has done so ,since 1982.