Mom is getting ready so that she can take me to the V-E-T for those horrible shots. The thing is, the rabies one is required by my State's law. Worse still if I got sick enough to be in the hospital or needed to be boarded they wouldn't have to take me in if I don't have my shot. I found out thru an article that a kitty has to take into account the type of rabies vaccine they get. Standard rabies vaccines are made with an adjuvant, a special ingredient that helps make the immune response more vigorous. But that adjuvant is thought to be a possible cause of an aggressive cancer unique to cats. This info is from Dr. Tracy Dewhurst who is a contributor to my local newspaper. She further states that adjutant free vaccine is labeled for one year; so boosters are needed annually.
Mom here: I will make sure as to what Katie gets when she goes in and that is is injected in the leg, not the neck. Cancers appearing at the injection site that have formed in the neck area are not easily treated whereas those at an injection site in the leg are more easily treated. I know this is unpleasant stuff to talk about and I dread taking her in. I could refuse, yes, but trying to take her in for other things would bring about more reminders and me refusing; and I would not be surprised if they said "find another Vet". All this is in my imagination of course. It hasn't happened.
Unpleasantness aside, I hope all you kitties and woofies are well and remember, I am a worry wart mommy. Talk to your own vet or do research and just be informed. Sometimes kitties and woofies have to have medicines that are unpleasant against things that are even worse..even if you have an indoor pet. I have indoor only pets, but again, the State law says thy must have the shot. Moreover, boarding and hospital stays are very difficult without it. Considering that they are in with other beloved pets, I can almost see why. I did refuse Admiral having one for years. She didn't have to go to the Vet though until she got sick. As they had a complete blood profile on her after her sickness, the Vet allowed her to be in the hospital without the shot. So there are always exceptions.
OK. No more unpleasant discussion.