FELINE PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE
General recommendations for safe and effective care. However, each pet may require an individual treatment plan designed for specific needs.
*Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis- Viral disease of the eyes, nose and throat (upper respiratory infection).
*Calicivirus- Viral disease that affects the eyes, upper respiratory system, the muscular skeletal system (tender in joints and/or muscles) and gastrointestinal system. We currently are including the Virulent Systemic Calicivirus in our vaccine protocol. This strain is particularly more resistant to treatment.
*Panleukopenia- Viral disease of the gastrointestinal system. High mortality rate.
*Chlamydia- Viral disease of the eyes, nose and throat (upper respiratory infection).
*FVRCP- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus- Viral diseases of the eyes, nose and throat (upper respiratory infection). Panleukopenia is a viral disease of the blood and intestines (feline distemper or infectious enteritis) and Chlamydia (upper respiratory infection).
*Start deworming your kitten at 2 weeks of age with PYRANTEL, single dose, then deworm weekly on a 2 consecutive days with PYRANTEL or FENBENDAZOLE until your companion is 16 weeks of age.
*FeLV- Feline Leukemia- a viral disease that impairs the immunity and is usually fatal.
*RABIES- A viral disease fatal to humans and other animals. Vaccination is necessary for all cats.
KITTENS from 7 weeks of age to 1 year of age.
- VACCINATIONS AND TESTING FOR INTERNAL PARASISTS SHOULD BEGIN AT 6 WEEKS AND CONTINUE EVERY 3 WEEKS UNTIL 12 WEEKS OF AGE.
- TESTING FOR FELV/FIV MAY BE DONE AT 6 WEEKS OF AGE OR OLDER.
- FELV/FIV TESTING IS RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED FOR VACCINATION.
- RABIES WILL BE GIVEN AT 12 WEEKS OF AGE OR OLDER.
- FVRCP WILL START AT 6 WEEKS OR OLDER.
- FELV VACC. WILL START AT 8 WEEKS OR OLDER AND BOOSTERED AT LEAST ONCE WITHIN 3 WEEKS OF INITIAL VACCINATION.
ADULT CATS older than 1 year of age.
- FELV/FIV TEST RECOMMENDED ON INITIAL VACCINE VISIT. REPEAT TEST ONLY IF SUSPICION OF EXPOSURE.
TEST NOT REQUIRED FOR VACCINATION.
- FVRCPC/FeLV- Vaccinate on an annual basis.
- RABIES- Vaccinate Every three years after the initial adult booster.
KNOWN FELV OR FIV POSITIVE CATS
If you are bringing for the first time a young kitten from 12-16 weeks of age with no known vaccinations, the following will apply to have your companion on schedule:
The FVRCPC/FeLV will need to be boostered again within 3 weeks for optimum protection levels and then on an annual basis each year thereafter.
* FeLV/FIV Test- Simple blood test that determines the presence of feline leukemia or feline aids antibodies. This is a highly recommended test for kittens/cats of unknown ancestry, strays, free roaming cats or newly acquired felines.
* CBC- Complete Blood Count- Test determines the amount of red blood cells, platelets, white blood cells and hematocrit which indicates infection or anemia and gives the veterinarian a base line for what is normal for your pet. Recommended for all cats over 7 years of age undergoing any anesthesia procedure.
* CCP or Critical Care Profile- Recommended for cats over 7 years of age when pet is undergoing any anesthesia. Performing a CCP will give the Veterinarian a base line to determine the overall health of your pet’s organs. This panel will assess the kidneys and liver function as well as the calcium and glucose levels. The glucose and kidney function are of particular concern for older cats as frequently cats can develop Diabetes or Renal Failure.
*COAG or Coagulation Panel- Coagulation panel measures the intrinsic and extrinsic values of the blood itself to determine proper clotting time and blood functions. Recommended for cats over 7 years of age when pet is undergoing any anesthesia procedure.
Additional panels such as: Liver Profile, Thyroid Level Profile and Comprehensive Profile are available.
Other Diagnostic tools available are but not limited to: Ear Cytology, Skin Cytology, Urinalysis, and specialty testing such as allergy testing