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Cat Care Recommendations

Wellness Exam
A physical exam is performed yearly in young cats and twice yearly in senior patients.  This is a very important part of the annual checkup as our veterinarian checks your dogs  ears, eyes, skin, feet, heart, lungs, abdomen, musculoskeletal , gastrointestinal and neurological systems.  Since cats age mush faster than us, this would be like us getting a physical every 7 years.   In addition, cats can’t tell us when they start developing symptoms.

Vaccinations - Adult Cats:
We follow the American Association of Feline Practitioners guidelines for the vaccination of adult cats.  Research has indicated that many of the vaccines we use last longer than one year.  Based upon the A.A.F.P.’s recommendations, we recommend the following vaccines.

Yearly Vaccinations

  • Purevax-non-adjuvented 1 year rabies vaccine - a fatal viral disease that can infect cats and humans.
  • Feline Leukemia (outdoor cats) every year - the most commonly diagnosed feline cancer and is the cause of about one-third of all cancer deaths among cats.

3-year Vaccinations

  • Feline Panleukopenia or Distemper (FP) - caused by a highly contagious and potentially fatal virus causing high fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calicivirus (RC) - causes chronic  upper respiratory disease.

Optional Vaccinations

  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) - affects cats’ immune systems. Lethal hiv like disease.  Vaccine recommended for some outdoor cats.

Young cats will complete their kitten series and then receive booster vaccines in 1 year.  Cats 2 years of age and older will be seen annually for a complete physical exam, and will receive Rabies and a Feline Upper Respiratory Vaccine (FVRCP) on a rotating basis as indicated.

Stool tests for  intestinal parasites are recommended yearly.   Roundworms, hookworms and giardia are sometimes found.
Heartworms are a blood parasite transmitted by an infected mosquito.  Both indoor and outdoor cats are susceptible to heartworms, often with devastating consequences.  Heartworms infest the heart and lungs of infected cats and eventually may lead to lung disease, heart failure and death.  We recommend heartworm preventative be given year round.

Spaying and Neutering
Recommended at 6 months and older for all cats not used for breeding.

Annual Blood Profile:
Highly recommended with annual checkup and vaccinations at a discounted price, used for detection and treatment of common problems associated with aging.  A more comprehensive senior profile plus urinalysis is recommended at 7 years of age and annually thereafter.


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