- FVRCP-C is a four in one vaccine that includes protection against panleukopenia or distemper, viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and pneumonitis.
- Leukemia is a vaccine that protects against feline leukemia which is a viral disease. Before vaccinating your pet for leukemia we recommend testing. These vaccines are recommended yearly and some may require additional boosters to maintain a full year of protection.
- Rabies is given every two years after the initial vaccine, which is only current for one year. In the state of Kansas the rabies vaccine is a legal requirement. If you live within the city limits you are required to have a city license for your pet.
Here is our recommendation on a vaccine schedule for kittens
8 weeks 1st FVRCP-C and FeLV/FIV/HW Test
12 weeks 2nd FVRCP-C and 1ST FeLV
16 weeks 3rd FVRCP-C and 2ND FeLV and Rabies
FIV, FeLV & Heartworm Testing:
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and leukemia (FeLV) infections are major causes of illness and death in cats. Both viruses are spread contagiously from cat to cat. Early detection of infection will help you not only to maintain the health of your own cat, but also allow you to prevent spreading infection to other cats. Heartworm disease in cats is more common than once believed. The testing methods currently available are not always accurate and there currently is no treatment if your cat is infected. This means that the best option is the routine use of a monthly preventative. We recommend prevention all year round! Advantage Multi is a topical heartworm preventive also flea, ear mite, hookworm and roundworm control
A proper diet is essential to maintaining good health. We recommend Hills Science Diet and Prescription Diet foods. Always make sure your pet has access to fresh water.
A fecal sample should be done yearly. If you are able to collect a fresh stool sample please bring it to our office as soon as possible. The sample may be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. This is recommended to check for intestinal parasites which can be passed to people. A strategic deworming program may be suggested for you and your animals’ protection. There is more information here
To prevent unwanted behavior and many medical problems we recommend spaying or neutering your pet between the ages of five to six months. If your pet is older and not spayed or neutered we recommend having the procedure done as soon as possible because as pets age medical problems can arise. Declawing, on the front paws only, can be done at any age over eight weeks. We routinely perform declawing at the same time as the spaying and neutering. We also have a surgical laser which we recommend using for declawing as well as other surgical procedures. More information is available here
A microchip is the best form of identification because it is permanent. A microchip can be implanted at any time. A collar and tags are also a very important form of identification. We offer personalized tag engraving.
Routinely brushing your pet’s teeth with appropriate toothpaste is recommended. As your pet ages they may require dental cleanings to help ensure that they stay healthy. Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats.
Flea and tick control is recommended year round to prevent any infestations from occurring. At the very minimum prevention should be used starting in early spring and continuing through late fall until we receive several hard freezes. Ear mites are highly contagious and can cause serious problems. Advantage (fleas) Frontline (fleas, ticks) Advantage Multi (heartworm, flea, ear mite, hookworm and roundworm control)
Depending on the breed and coat length regular bathing, brushing and haircuts may be recommended. Providing a proper litter box with appropriate litter material and scratch posts are also part of good hygiene. We have grooming services available.
As your pet ages their health requirements may change. A cat reaches a mature or geriatric stage at the age of seven. There are many different types of diagnostic testing that should be performed at this stage of life to detect any possible health problems early. More information is available upon request.