Tail vaccinations in cats could save lives

Cleon Hendrix and Dr. Julie Levy

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program researchers are exploring innovative ways to save lives.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An alternative to a widely accepted vaccination protocol in cats could literally move the needle for feline cancer treatment, according to University of Florida researchers.

“One to 10 cats out of every 10,000 vaccinated against infectious diseases develop cancer at the vaccine injection site,” said Julie Levy, the Maddie’s® Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. “It’s still important to vaccinate because death from these infections is much more common than the cancer, but unfortunately this complication is one that does affect thousands of cats each year.”

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Tail vaccination in cats research poster