Amnesty on cat vaccines to stop spread of virus
50 key opinion leaders representing businesses and charities working with cats attended an emergency meeting arranged by Budget Vets to share knowledge and expertise to respond to an outbreak of Panleukopenia more commonly known as ‘Cat Parvo’ in South Wales.
Michelle Townley, a feline vet specialist with leading pharmaceutical company MSD Animal Health attended the event hosted at The Stuffed Doormouse in Caerleon. During her presentation Michelle explained the symptoms of the disease, how it is spread and what preventative action can be taken to stop the virus spreading and the treatment available to infected cats.
The virus is extremely resilient with a high mortality rate but it does not affect humans or dogs although canine parvovirus can occasionally infect cats.
Vaccination is the most effective means of preventing the disease and combatting its spread. To encourage cat owners in the area to make sure their cats are protected, Budget Vets has announced amnesty on cat vaccines.
Kate Richards, Territory Manager at Budget Vets said, “In South Wales there have been recent confirmed cases and other suspected ones reported by local veterinary practices and cat charities. In response to the problem we held a Key Opinion Leader Information evening to share expert advice and we have taken a further measure to combat the disease by announcing an amnesty on cat vaccines for cats six months of age and over for the month of December. This will include the primary course and re-start vaccines. Clients will pay for the first vaccine and receive the 2nd for free and is open to all. We are committed to the welfare of animals and our vaccine amnesty is available to all cat owners throughout South Wales. More information about this is available on our website.”
L-R: Feline Vet specialist Michelle Townley, Budget Vets Territory Manager Kate Richards and MSD representative Emma Evans