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Hi all, back again! I’m still going down some rabbit holes of information here and was wondering if anyone has had their cat/dog vaccinated on their tail? Was your vet on board? How did your pet react? I haven’t been able to find any recent information on this except for a study from 2013. My vet seemed to be on board with my cat but as with everything I’m looking at all the alternatives.
From the study:
“It is also possible that vaccination in the distal tail might facilitate early detection of FISS, as the tail is highly visible and pet owners frequently stroke the tail when handling their cats. Early detection is a factor in the prevention of metastatic disease in FISS. If tail vaccination is adopted, care should be taken to assure the vaccine is administered in the distal third of the tail and only in cats with long tails. The occurrence of FISS in
a more proximal location could be devastating as wide surgical margins would be exceedingly difficult to obtain in the perineal area. Based on the promising findings of this small study, further research is indicated to better characterize the acute and long-term effects of tail vaccination in a larger population of cats of different ages and body sizes, and in cats receiving multiple booster vaccines”
Study results indicate there are no significant differences in the behavior of the cats that receive vaccinations below the knee and in the tail. All but one cat that received the tail vaccines developed protective antibody titers. The researchers concluded that tail vaccination was well tolerated by the cats in the study and was as effective as vaccines injected in the lower rear legs.
alternative pdf: https://vetmed-…..vy-web.pdf
As with anything, there’s always a risk but I feel if it were to come down to it I would rather vaccinate on the tail.
~ Vanessa + Mew ~
Vanessa, my recommendation, if possible, is to consult with a holistic vet and get their input on vaccines for Mew. We support you either way, regardless of choice, it is a tough one for sure.
The tail is better than a leg god forbid we would have the vas /iss pop up. I would choose the tail in the future if we got a new cat.
A holistic vet looks at all aspects of our animals and weighs the risks. They can provide waivers for vaccines if needed. We have not needed one for the cats. But we did with our dog eons ago for the rabies vaccine. It was not an issue to get one back then as the dog had congestive heart failure.
Best of luck
Scratches to Mew, please
Holly & Purrkins💝💝💝
That study was cited in the 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines, so I’m guessing no further studies have been conducted on tail vaccinations. It’s great information to discuss with your regular vet. I agree that getting a second assessment by an integrative veterinarian would be helpful and put your mind at ease whatever you decide.