Preventative Health Care for Cats
All kittens should receive a physical exam at least by 6-8 weeks of age to check for congenital health problems, to start vaccines, and to check for parasites and disease. Vaccinations your kitten will receive depend on your kitten’s lifestyle and risk of exposure. A fecal analysis is recommended at this initial visit to check for intestinal parasites. A initial Feline Leukemia and FIV test are recommended at this time as the results could impact the kitten’s future lifestyle and health. We also recommend starting your kitten on heartworm preventative. Although cats are not as susceptible as dogs to heartworm disease, cats can become infected even if they are indoor cats. Since there is no safe and effective treatment for heartworms in cats and acute disease leading to death has been reported, prevention is the only option.
Nutrition and flea control will also be discussed at this initial visit as well as the appropriate time for the next visit.
All cats over 4 months of age are required by state law to be vaccinated for Rabies twice within the 1st year, then once every 3 years thereafter if vaccinated with an approved 3 year vaccine. All other recommended vaccines depend on your cat’s lifestyle and risk of exposure.
An annual physical exam is required to make sure your pet is healthy for vaccinations. We also recommend a heartworm test, fecal analysis, and Feline Leukemia and FIV test annually.
For cats over 2 years of age, we offer an Annual Wellness Package which includes a complete blood count, blood chemistry, urinalysis, heartworm test, fecal analysis, FIV/Feline Leukemia test, full physical exam, and vaccinations. This package is recommended to determine if any abnormalities are present that were not apparent on the physical exam and to provide a baseline for the future so if your pet does develop an illness later in life, we will have normal values for comparison. Because we feel that these tests are a vital part to your pet’s health, the Annual Wellness Package is at a discounted price.