Veterinary Services for Felines (cats)

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Kitten (up to 1 year)

Exam with Vaccinations

The physical exam allows the veterinarian to inspect the kitten from head to tail, but in particular to identify congenital defects, check for hernias and look in the ears. We want to inform you of anything that may be related to the health of your new kitten.

Core vaccinations:

Distemper
   -Vaccine combination including protection against feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and Chlamydophila psittaci
   -First vaccine boostered 1-to-2 additional times, 3-to-4 weeks apart

Rabies
   -Must be certain age to receive
   -Vaccine given once; first booster in 1-year

Other beneficial vaccinations:

Feline Leukemia
   -First vaccine boostered in 3 weeks
   -Subsequent boosters are yearly
   *Testing for feline leukemia virus is recommended prior to vaccination

Deworming

Young kittens are very susceptible to infection with roundworms and hookworms. Coverage may be needed against tapeworms if your kitten likes to hunt rodents or becomes infested with fleas.

Nutrition

Nutritional requirements are different for growing kittens compared to adults. Kittens should be fed a diet formulated for the kitten life stage.

Spay/neuter

Spaying and neutering will reduce undesirable behavior, unwanted pregnancies, and the risk of developing a pyometra. Spaying females before their first heat cycle will drastically reduce the risk of developing mammary tumors in the future.

Other

  • Feline leukemia testing
  • Ectoparasite treatment/prevention (fleas, ear mites)
  • Ringworm treatment
  • Fecal examination
  • Wellness exams
  • Microchipping

Young Adult Cat (age 1 to 6 years)

Exam with Vaccinations

The physical examination allows the veterinarian to observe different bodily systems (cardiovascular, integument (skin, ears), gastrointestinal tract, etc), to assess the body condition of your pet, and gives the veterinarian a chance to learn about the lifestyle of your pet.

Core vaccinations:

Distemper
   -Vaccine combination including protection against feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and Chlamydophila psittaci
   -Booster yearly
Rabies
   -With documented proof of previous and properly timed Rabies vaccine administration, subsequent vaccine boosters are to occur within 3 years of the last vaccination, but may need to be re-dosed sooner if exposed to or bitten by another Rabies-status unknown animal.

Other beneficial vaccinations:

Feline Leukemia
   -Booster yearly
   *Testing for feline leukemia virus is recommended prior to vaccination

Deworming

Cats have the potential of picking up roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. Deworming may be indicated depending on the lifestyle of your pet.

Nutrition

Once a cat has reached a year of age, their diet should be formulated for adult maintenance unless they have increased energy requirements due to pregnancy and lactation. Feeding a diet formulated for kitten growth, or a label that claims it is formulated for all stages of life, will predispose your cat to becoming overweight as they contain more calories than is needed by most young adult cats.

Dental care

Periodontal disease is among the most common diseases found in pets today. Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis, and will progress to involve the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone which work to hold the tooth inside the skull. Severely affected animals may be hesitant to eat and/or may develop local complications of the nose or eye. In addition, the bacteria that accumulates on the teeth (calculus/tartar) may leak into the bloodstream and travel to around the body, causing further damage to multiple organs (kidneys, liver, and heart).

Our dental care is performed under general anesthesia and includes assessing the degree of periodontal disease, mobility of teeth, gingival recession, cleaning and polishing. When indicated, we may also extract teeth due to pathologic mobility, tooth root resorptions, or furcation between roots of a multi-rooted tooth.

Diagnostics

  • Bloodwork (complete blood count, blood profile)
  • Internal imaging (radiography/x-ray, ultrasound)
  • Cytology (ear infections, skin masses, tissue imprints)
  • Urinalysis
  • Fecal examination
  • Feline leukemia testing

Other

  • Ectoparasite treatment/prevention (fleas, ear mites)
  • Ringworm treatment
  • Microchipping

Mature Adult Cat (age 7 to 10 years)

Exam with Vaccinations

An annual exam allows a veterinarian to take a thorough look at your cat and note evidence of disease processes that hinder the health of your pet. Lumps and bumps, oral pain, and palpation of internal organs are especially noted in this age group.

Core vaccinations:

Distemper
   -Vaccine combination including protection against feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and Chlamydophila psittaci
   -Booster yearly
Rabies
   -With documented proof of previous and properly timed Rabies vaccine administration, subsequent vaccine boosters are to occur within 3 years of the last vaccination, but may need to be re-dosed sooner if exposed to or bitten by another Rabies-status unknown animal.

Other beneficial vaccinations:

Feline Leukemia
   -Booster yearly
   *Testing for feline leukemia virus is recommended prior to vaccination

Deworming

Cats have the potential of picking up roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. Deworming may be indicated depending on the lifestyle of your pet.

Nutrition

The lifestyle and activity level of your cat will help to determine the type of nutrition needed to provide sufficient energy for your pet. In addition any health issues or organ dysfunctions may require a change in diet requirements.

Some examples of health-related considerations are as follows:

  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Bladder stones (urinary care)
  • Increased fiber for diabetic patients
  • Liver disease

Dental care

Periodontal disease is among the most common diseases found in pets today. Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis, and will progress to involve the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone which work to hold the tooth inside the skull. Severely affected animals may be hesitant to eat and/or may develop local complications of the nose or eye. In addition, the bacteria that accumulates on the teeth (calculus/tartar) may leak into the bloodstream and travel to around the body, causing further damage to multiple organs (kidneys, liver, and heart).

Our dental care is performed under general anesthesia and includes assessing the degree of periodontal disease, mobility of teeth, gingival recession, cleaning and polishing. When indicated, we may also extract teeth due to pathologic mobility, tooth root resorptions, or furcation between roots of a multi-rooted tooth.

Diagnostics

  • Bloodwork (complete blood count, blood profile)
  • Internal imaging (radiography/x-ray, ultrasound)
  • Cytology (ear infections, skin masses, tissue imprints)
  • Urinalysis
  • Evaluate thyroid level

Senior Cat (age 11+ years)

Exam with Vaccinations

An annual exam allows a veterinarian to take a thorough look at your cat and note evidence of disease processes that hinder the health of your pet. Lumps and bumps, oral pain, and palpation of internal organs are especially noted in this age group.

Core vaccinations:

Distemper
   -Vaccine combination including protection against feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and Chlamydophila psittaci
   -Booster yearly
Rabies
   -With documented proof of previous and properly timed Rabies vaccine administration, subsequent vaccine boosters are to occur within 3 years of the last vaccination, but may need to be re-dosed sooner if exposed to or bitten by another Rabies-status unknown animal.

Other beneficial vaccinations:

Feline Leukemia
   -Booster yearly
   *Testing for feline leukemia virus is recommended prior to vaccination

Deworming

Cats have the potential of picking up roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. Deworming may be indicated depending on the lifestyle of your pet.

Nutrition

Diets for geriatric patients should be calorie dense with easily digestible nutrients. More reluctance to move due to joint discomfort, unresolved oral pain, or systemic illness causing inappetance may be contributing factors for your older pet. Specialized diet formulations may be best for your cat.

Dental care

Periodontal disease is among the most common diseases found in pets today. Periodontal disease starts as gingivitis, and will progress to involve the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone which work to hold the tooth inside the skull. Severely affected animals may be hesitant to eat and/or may develop local complications of the nose or eye. In addition, the bacteria that accumulates on the teeth (calculus/tartar) may leak into the bloodstream and travel to around the body, causing further damage to multiple organs (kidneys, liver, and heart).

Our dental care is performed under general anesthesia and includes assessing the degree of periodontal disease, mobility of teeth, gingival recession, cleaning and polishing. When indicated, we may also extract teeth due to pathologic mobility, tooth root resorptions, or furcation between roots of a multi-rooted tooth.

Diagnostics

  • Bloodwork (complete blood count, blood profile)
  • Internal imaging (radiography/x-ray, ultrasound)
  • Cytology (ear infections, skin masses, tissue imprints)
  • Urinalysis
  • Evaluate thyroid level

Euthanasia services

When the quality of life for a pet is determined to be too poor or a terminal illness prognosis is given, we can provide humane euthanasia. Owners may elect to remain present for the procedure if they wish. The bodily remains may be taken home with the owner, or we can dispose of the remains with the option of having cremation ashes returned to the owner.