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« on: September 01, 2009, 02:43:16 PM »

I have to get my cat rabies and the 4 in 1 vaccine ...I am shipping him back to the U.S., when we move.
I don't do vaccines as a rule, but this is required by law.  I will do the rabies first and then wait several weeks for the other.

My question is....do any of you with experience believe I need to do the feline leukemia?  He did have this given in 2007, when I had to kennel him, it was required. 

The issue is all the Vets here speak Spanish...I will have a friend w/me to translate...but they don't get the over vaccination issues...sadly!

Thanks for any help!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009, 03:49:24 PM »

If your cat is indoor, and will not be exposed to other cats, I do not think the feline leukemia vaccine would be recommended (or rather, my vet wouldn't).  It's not necessary, doesn't work well, and can cause other problems, as any vaccine can.  Apparently it's one of the vaccines that has been implicated in vaccine-related sarcomas.

http://www.examiner.com/x-7468-Providence-Pet-Health-Examiner~y2009m5d9-Feline-leukemia-vaccine-facts
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2009, 04:03:41 PM »

Thank  you  Catbird....yes he is an indoor only cat w/ supervision in an enclosed backyard....BUT the issue is in shipping....so you feel it's not necessary in that regard??...seems to me my Vet in the states felt the 4 in 1 was the only necessary one as it covered air born illnesses...
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2009, 04:18:25 PM »

How old was he in 2007 ? If it wasn't a kitten shot I don't think you need to redo it.
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2009, 04:18:59 PM »

I'd check with the airline, but I doubt they would require the FeLeuk.
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2009, 04:29:23 PM »

"Importation of cats

A general certificate of health is not required by CDC for entry of pet cats into the United States, although some airlines or states may require them. However, pet cats are subject to inspection at ports of entry and may be denied entry into the United States if they have evidence of an infectious disease that can be transmitted to humans. If a cat appears to be ill, further examination by a licensed veterinarian at the owner's expense might be required at the port of entry.

Cats are not required to have proof of rabies vaccination for importation into the United States. However, some states require vaccination of cats for rabies, so it is a good idea to check with state and local health authorities at your final destination.

All pet cats arriving in the state of Hawaii and the territory of Guam, even from the U.S. mainland, are subject to locally imposed quarantine requirements.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dq/animal/dogs.htm

"There is no vaccination regulation for cats."

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_import/animal_imports_pets.shtml

Is this required by Argentina?  I'm confused.  Is it concern to protect your cat while he is in transit?  Are you traveling with him?
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2009, 05:03:31 PM »

I don't have anything to add about the vaccines, but I would recommend traveling with your cat at your feet in the plane if you can and if you can't, please, please put a secure lock on the kennel she will be in. We had an incident here where the airline baggage handlers tossed a heavy bag on top of a cat kennel and the latch popped open. The cat ran out never to be seen again. The poor man was moving to another province and stayed here as long as he could to find his cat. I took over after he left, taking calls about sightings, etc. I don't think he ever got her back. I always hope that someone took her in, not knowing about the entire incident.
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2009, 01:55:31 AM »

Thank you all!!  Yes, rabies is requred....by law!  It was when I shipped him here....I do have to get a certificate of health 5 days prior to shipping.  I can get that through the Vet or if I choose to have a company ship him they handle that for a fee.

Okay, I won't get the Leukemia...good!  He was 5 in 2007....

I shipped him here w/ no issues....through Continental...they provide a special area in the cargo just for animals.

American airlines doesn't allow animals in the cabin any longer, and that is who we fly....and the  restrictions on in cabin flying is getting tight...many hoops!  Size of kennel...weight of animal...he's a big boy...12-15 pounds...main coon.
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2009, 05:46:51 AM »

Well, good luck with the move! Hope things work out for everyone.
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2009, 09:40:29 AM »

Again, thank you all for posting your imput so appreciate it...difficult when there's a language issue and here the rules change daily so I have to be sure I am doing what's best for my handsome boy Solomon!!

If it were my call...no vaccines....but that isn't the case...so this will be the last time for rabies and the 4in1 and that gives me peace of mind Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2009, 11:00:37 AM »

United is very good with shipping animals. I moved my 2 Jack Russells to Hawaii thru them. They made sure I saw them at each plane change and took excellent care of both of them.
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