Dermatophytosis: This fungal skin infection is also sometimes called ringworm. Vaccination has not been demonstrated to prevent infection, or to eliminate the disease-causing organisms from infected cats, so routine vaccination is not recommended. Vaccinations are used primarily to help treat difficult cases.
Bordetella bronchiseptica: This is another respiratory infection. The efficacy of this vaccine has not been independently evaluated, and how often to revaccinate has not yet been determined. Routine vaccination is not recommended, but it is reasonable to consider vaccinating cats in environments where infection is present.
Giardiasis: Routine vaccination for this intestinal parasite is not recommended. However, infected cats who were vaccinated had less severe signs of the disease and were contagious for a shorter period of time, so vaccination may be considered where there has been significant exposure to the protozoan that causes the disease.
Excerpted from The K.I.S.S. Guide to Cat Care by Steve Duno
Copyright 2001 by Steve Duno.
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