• Report: #13891

Complaint Review: VCA Animal Hospital

  • Submitted: Tue, February 12, 2002
  • Updated: Mon, April 21, 2003

  • Reported By:Feasterville PA
VCA Animal Hospital
Bristol Road Trevose, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

VCA Animal Hospital Trevose, Pennsylvania Be Aware of the Vaccinations Your Dog/Cat is recieving

*Consumer Comment: Vaccines are not 100% effective

*Consumer Comment: Vaccines are not 100% effective

*Consumer Comment: Vaccines are not 100% effective

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About 10 years ago I cat was dropped off on my neighbors lawn w/ 3 kittens. We took the cat and the kittens in, raised the kittens to maturity and found homes for them. We kept the cat. Immediately we took her to my vet at the time, VCA Animal Hospital, on Bristol Road in Trevose, PA. She was supposedly vaccinated for all of the diseases that cats are subjected to. We became very fond of our cat, Kuma over the next few years. About 4 years after we had taken her for her original vaccinations she started acting strangely. We took her to the vet-VCA Animal Hospital, and they did blood work on her. They informed us that she had Feline Leukemia, which she should have been vaccinated for when we originally took her there. I was outraged and very saddended to find out that she didn't have a lot of time to live. I had no records to show that she should have recieved the vaccine and the hospital pretty much said oh well. Needless to say I know longer deal w/ that vet and I tell everyone I know not to go there. Surprisingly my cat Kuma lived for 6 more years after she was diagnosed w/ feline leukemia. She recently died at the age of 10. I miss her terribly and I do not want anyone else to go through what I did. If you have a dog or cat make sure you keep records of what they have been vaccinated for and what they should be vaccinated for so you don't go through what I did.
Donna
Feasterville

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#1 Consumer Comment

Vaccines are not 100% effective

AUTHOR: Delta - (U.S.A.)

Donna: I'm really sorry to hear that your cat had Feline Leukemia (FeLV). This is truly a terrible disease, and I think that veterinarians would prevent it if they could. In an attempt to cut down on the number of cats who suffer from this disease, manay veterinarians routinely offer a vaccination. Unfortunately, it is well known in the industry that this vaccine is only approximately 85% effective - that means that 15% of cats that are properly vaccinated will contract the disease if they are exposed to it. This vaccine is widely used in spite of this problem, because it is the most effective vaccine that has been developed to date. The best prevention for Feline Leukemia is to keep cats away from other cats of unknown FeLV status, since this disease can be transmitted by direct nose-to-nose contact. It is also important to remember that vaccines are not always completely benign. Always ask your vet what side effects are known to occur with a vaccination, and how often they happen. If you'd like more information about cat vaccines, I suggest you refer to the Cornell University web site. The Cornell Center for Feline Health has a very complete and informative web presence.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Vaccines are not 100% effective

AUTHOR: Delta - (U.S.A.)

Donna: I'm really sorry to hear that your cat had Feline Leukemia (FeLV). This is truly a terrible disease, and I think that veterinarians would prevent it if they could. In an attempt to cut down on the number of cats who suffer from this disease, manay veterinarians routinely offer a vaccination. Unfortunately, it is well known in the industry that this vaccine is only approximately 85% effective - that means that 15% of cats that are properly vaccinated will contract the disease if they are exposed to it. This vaccine is widely used in spite of this problem, because it is the most effective vaccine that has been developed to date. The best prevention for Feline Leukemia is to keep cats away from other cats of unknown FeLV status, since this disease can be transmitted by direct nose-to-nose contact. It is also important to remember that vaccines are not always completely benign. Always ask your vet what side effects are known to occur with a vaccination, and how often they happen. If you'd like more information about cat vaccines, I suggest you refer to the Cornell University web site. The Cornell Center for Feline Health has a very complete and informative web presence.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Vaccines are not 100% effective

AUTHOR: Delta - (U.S.A.)

Donna: I'm really sorry to hear that your cat had Feline Leukemia (FeLV). This is truly a terrible disease, and I think that veterinarians would prevent it if they could. In an attempt to cut down on the number of cats who suffer from this disease, manay veterinarians routinely offer a vaccination. Unfortunately, it is well known in the industry that this vaccine is only approximately 85% effective - that means that 15% of cats that are properly vaccinated will contract the disease if they are exposed to it. This vaccine is widely used in spite of this problem, because it is the most effective vaccine that has been developed to date. The best prevention for Feline Leukemia is to keep cats away from other cats of unknown FeLV status, since this disease can be transmitted by direct nose-to-nose contact. It is also important to remember that vaccines are not always completely benign. Always ask your vet what side effects are known to occur with a vaccination, and how often they happen. If you'd like more information about cat vaccines, I suggest you refer to the Cornell University web site. The Cornell Center for Feline Health has a very complete and informative web presence.
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