Feline vaccination guidelines in Israel

Gad Baneth*

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Cats are a very popular pet animal worldwide and in Israel. In addition, there is a large number of non-owned cats living next to human populations in Israel. Vaccination is an important measure for preventing infectious diseases among cats and when possible, preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases to humans, as in the case of rabies. Although feline vaccination has been a standard of care for cats for many years, there are changes in the vaccines available, current concepts of when and how to vaccinate cats, and what is considered as core vaccination for a cat versus what can be considered as non-core vaccination which should only be recommended in certain circumstances. Vaccination guidelines for cats must be tailored to the animal’s environment, geographical location, and be updated regularly as knowledge progresses and new products are available. The purpose of this review was to evaluate and describe the vaccines available and used in Israel to prevent feline infectious diseases, and to update on these diseases, and their epidemiology in Israel. This review focuses on feline panleukopenia, calici and herpes viruses, rabies, Chlamydia felis, feline leukemia virus (EeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). It highlights their pathogenicity, modes of transmission, susceptibility to disinfectants and the type of vaccines produced for their prevention. These guidelines are intended to assist the small animal veterinary practitioners in Israel to vaccinate cats as efficiently and successfully as possible.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)122-132
Number of pages11
JournalIsrael Journal of Veterinary Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2020

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  • Core-vaccines
  • Feline vaccination
  • Israel
  • Non-core-vaccines
  • Recommendations


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