CATS ONLY

 

Kittens

  • A routine kitten vaccination series includes vaccinations at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. The 16 week vaccines include a Rabies vaccination. Kittens are especially susceptible to the diseases listed below (under recommendations for adults cats) so vaccinations are a vital step toward insuring a healthy kitten.
  • Intestinal parasite treatment or “de-worming” at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. Kittens should also be screened for other intestinal parasites and treated accordingly at these ages.
  • We recommend that all male and female cats not intended for planned breeding be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age.

Adult Cats

  • Annual vaccinations, which includes immunization against: Rabies, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia Psittaci, and Feline Leukemia. Monthly flea prevention. We offer Advantage as flea preventative for cats. We also offer yearly deworming with Profender for cats.
  • Monthly flea prevention. We carry Bravecto and Comfortis.
  • Annual dental cleanings.

Frequently Asked Questions

 
When should I spay or neuter my cat?
  • We recommend that patients be 6 months old as patients less than 6 months old are at greater risks for aesthetic complications.
Why should I spay my female cat?
  • Female cats are induced ovulaters, which means that every time a female cat breeds she releases eggs from her ovary. Therefore, it is very likely that your female cat will become pregnant whenever she is bred. Cats often have large litters of kittens who will very soon be able to have large litters themselves. You can imagine how quickly and easily it would be to have far more cats than you ever intended.
  • Spaying a female cat reduces the risk of developing mammary cancer by 40-60%. Unlike in dogs, there is no correlation to the age at which they are spayed and the greatness of the risk of developing mammary cancer.
  • The stray/feral cat population plays a key role in the prevalence and spread of many diseases such as, Feline Leukemia Virus, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS), Herpes Virus and many others. Sterilizing your cat      helps to reduce the number of unwanted kittens who will enter the stray/feral cat population and continue spreading these diseases.
  • And very importantly, animal shelters around the country are already severely overpopulated. Allowing cats to breed freely only adds to this problem. Unfortunately many cats in shelters have to be euthanized because there is simply not enough room to provide adequate care. Spaying females helps to control this growing problem.

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Why should I neuter by male cat?
  • Intact male cats are more likely to develop unwanted behavior patterns like urine marking, aggressiveness and “roaming”. This could lead to more “headache” for you and could potentially result in harmful incidents like: being hit by a car, transmission of disease, cat fights, getting lost/stolen, etc. Cate bite infections are very commonly seen and your cat is at much greater risk if left intact.
  • The stray/feral cat population plays a key role in the prevalence and spread of many diseases such as, Feline Leukemia Virus, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS), Herpes Virus and many others. Sterilizing your cat helps to reduce the number of unwanted kittens who will enter the stray/feral cat population and continue spreading these diseases.
  • And very importantly, animal shelters around the country are already severely overpopulated. Allowing cats to breed freely only adds to this problem. Unfortunately many cats in shelters have to be euthanized because there is simply not enough room to provide adequate care. Neutering males helps to control this growing problem.

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Why should I have my pets teeth cleaned regularly?
  • The most common disease in companion animals in periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a PLAQUE-INDUCED INFECTION of the gingiva (gums) and supporting ligaments of the teeth. If left untreated the teeth will become very loose, abscesses can develop, patients may experience pain while eating, and systemic infection could occur.
  • Because periodontal disease is a plaque-induced infection the treatment and prevention of this disease is to have all the plaque removed and the teeth cleaned.
  • We recommend that patients have their teeth cleaned either yearly or every other year in hopes to prevent and/or treat this disease before it becomes too severe.

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What is pre-anesthetic blood work and why is it important?
  • Pre-anesthetic blood work checks blood values related to the liver and kidney function. Checking the function of these two organs prior to surgery is important because they are the organs primarily involved in metabolizing the anesthetic drugs.
  • We highly recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for every patient prior to having surgery for this reason.

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