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Preventative Health Care and Vaccination Programs for Cats|
- FVRCP (Distemper - 3 in one) Vaccine: A Three in one vaccine (Distemper, Calci Virus and Rhinotracheitis) that protects your cat from serious and sometimes life threatening illness. ALL cats should be vaccinated against these diseases, even those cats who do not go outside. There are three boosters initially which are given two to three weeks apart, then the vaccination is given yearly.
- Rabies Vaccine: Rabies is a fatal nervous system virus that can be transmitted to humans through an animal bite. It is strongly recommended that ALL cats, including indoor cats, be vaccinated. A rabies vaccine is recommended between 3 to 6 months of age of a kitten's life, then every two years thereafter.
- FIV/FeLV Testing: a blood test that should be done on ALL kittens and on adult cats if their status is unknown.
- FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) Vaccine: A potentially fatal, incurable virus that disrupts a cat's immune system function. It is usually spread through cat bites.
- FeLV (Feline Leukemia) Vaccine: An incurable virus that is contagious between cats. It causes immune system deficiencies and cancers that are usually fatal.
- FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) Vaccine: An incurable, fatal virus that is contagious between cats. Unlike FeLV and FIV testing, testing for FIP is difficult.
- Fecal Testing: A stool test that checks for intestinal parasites (i.e. roundworms, hookworms, coccidia). Many kittens are born with worms and adult cats can acquire them. You will infrequently see them in the feces. This test should be done twice a year even on cats who do not go outside.
- Giardia Testing: This very contagious intestinal parasite affects all mammals including children and adult humans. Giardia can cause mild to severe diarrhea and weight loss in some animals. Other animals do not get sick themselves, but spread the disease to susceptible dogs, cats and people. A stool test can detect its presence in asymptomatic carriers and should be run on all new kittens. Giardia infections on cats are treatable with appropriate medications.
- Bartonella Testing: Bartonella is a bacterial disease that is found in approximately 20% of healthy cats in the United States. This disease can be transmitted from infected cats to humans through bites and scratches.
- Flea Prevention: Fleas are easier to prevent than to get rid of. A flea product such as Frontline can be started at 12 weeks of age to help keep your pet comfortable through the flea and tick season.
- Heartworm Prevention: Heartworm is a parasite that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Kittens and adult cats can develop worms that live in their hearts. A monthly chewable preventative such as "Heartgard" is available. We recommend keeping your pet on heartworm preventative year round for maximum efficiency. Heartgard can be given at 6 weeks of age.
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