Feline Adult Wellness
Through discussion and evaluation of your cat's health and lifestyle, we will recommend a guideline specific for your pet. Guidelines may include the following:
Adult Feline Guideline
- FELV/FIV test
- Parasite Screening (fecal test)
Adult Cats with no vaccine history may need vaccines dependant on health and doctor's discretion.
We will outline an individualized vaccination schedule and protocol for you new kitten. We will determine through discussion and physical exam what vaccines your new family member needs.
Types of Vaccinations
Rabies is a disease that is transmitted from the bite of an infected animal. Any warm-blooded animal is capable of becoming rabid. Signs of rabies include changes in behavior (i.e. aggressive behaviors or blunted mental status), seizures, coma, or any other neurological signs. This vaccine is extremely important due the severity of this disease; it is 100% fatal and there is no cure. Additionally, it is a public health concern, as people can get this deadly disease. A current Rabies vaccination of your pet is also required by law. Frequency of the rabies vaccine is mandated by state and county law.
This vaccination protects against a combination of diseases that affect cats. The viral diseases from which we seek to protect cats with this vaccine include the following:
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Herpesvirus) (FVR)
This viral disease may cause coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, conjunctivitis, loss of appetite, and fever. The virus is transmitted by direct contact.
Feline Calicivirus (C)
This viral disease may cause nasal discharge, sneezing, fever, oral ulcerations, gingivitis, conjunctivitis, canine tooth extrusion, vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia, and loss of appetite. The virus is shed from oral and nasal secretions, as well as in the feces.
Feline Panleukopenia (P)
This viral infection may cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, neurological signs, and bone marrow suppression. It is highly contagious and can be fatal to the affected cat. This virus is transmitted through contact with an infected animal's bodily fluids, or feces, as well as by fleas.
It is typically recommended to those cats that spend any time outdoors or to those indoor cats that live with other cats that go outside. The virus is spread by infected cats through bite wounds (fighting), grooming, or other types of intimate contact. This virus damages a cat's immune system, making them more susceptible to infections and cancers throughout the cat's body. There is no cure for this disease. Prevention of leukemia is the key. This vaccine is started at 12-14 weeks of age; a booster is given in 3-4 weeks and then the vaccine is given annually for life. Kittens and cats should be tested for the infection before the vaccine is given. Annual testing is also recommended for any cat that goes outdoors. No vaccine is 100% protective.
During your pet's routine physical examinations, our veterinarians will listen to his/her heart and breath sounds, feel the abdomen, check the coat/skin condition, eyes, ears, and mouth.
We will check your pet for external parasites, such as fleas, ringworm, and ear mites. We will also perform an analysis of your pet's feces to check for internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia. Please bring a stool sample to all scheduled kitten appointments. These intestinal parasites have zoonotic potential. Zoonosis means humans are susceptible to disease, resulting in skin infection, and sometimes blindness in children.
Senior Pet Wellness
We wish to keep our pets healthy and happy for as long as possible and this can be achieved through exercise, a healthy diet and regular veterinary check ups. Many aging changes such as arthritis, vision loss can be managed and treated successfully if detected early. In addition to the routine preventative care for adult dogs, we offer senior wellness testing that includes the collection of blood and urine samples and laboratory analysis for detection of disease. Through interpretation of the test results and careful consideration of history and physical exam findings, our veterinarians will be able to discuss any life-improving recommendations we may have. These recommendations may include diet changes, medications, supplements, lifestyle changes, and other strategies to improve your senior pet's well being.