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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Brain Damage - A plausible vaccination after-effect

Like humans, cats may suffer brain damage, from head trauma or high fever. Trauma may of course stem from accidents or abuse, and high fever is often caused by diseases like Feline Infectious Enteritis (FIE) (aka feline parvovirus (FPV)/feline panleucopenia) I just got to know about a kitten who suffered brain damage from fever after being vaccinated. Again, like people, vaccinations do induce fever, but mostly it is something that will subside in 1 day to 1 week's time, depending on your cat's reaction and if it's a first vaccination or booster. Aside from the risk of VAS (Vaccine Associated Sarcoma, also VIS-Vaccine Induced Sarcoma, Vaccine Associated Fibrosarcoma, vaxosarcomas), which killed cats like Sylvia, and allergy reactions, the possibility of brain damage is another potential outcome to weigh. If you decide on vaccinating your cat, please monitor his/her condition carefully, especially if it's the first round of shot/booster, or if your cat is geriatic (in which case, you might want to consider ceasing vaccinations anyway. Vaccination schedules) In addition, please refer to this page for more detailed info, and note the "Vaccination site Recommendations". Especially since VAS became more understood, vaccinations between the shoulder blades should NOT be conducted by your vet anymore. Now, despite all that's said against vaccination, and the contrarian views, please do not dismiss the purpose of vaccination outright. Talk to you vet about your concerns and see if there are alternatives for your cat... but if your vet dismisses totally the concerns, he/she isn't much of one. Anyway, after I got to know about the hapless kitty, I googled and though I didn't find info on vaccinations and brain damage, I did find this heartbreakingly heartwarming story of a kitten whose mum helped him rehab from brain damage caused by a possible anaesthetic overdose: The Cat Who Survived In Spite of the Vet I really like this very educational piece too - there is no excuse to ostracise disabled cats or other animals, jsut like there's no excuse for ostracising handicapped people: LIVING WITH A DISABLED CAT - Go to Pawprints: TLC for cat minon requisite education








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