Preventative Health for Dogs and Cats

Preventative Health for Dogs and Cats

 

Prevention is Our Mission

 

The staff of Animal Medical of New City believes in the dignity of all animals and in the special value of the bonds forged between humans and companion animals.  We feel that every animal brought to us is owned by a compassionate and concerned individual who desires the ultimate in animal care and treatment. To this end, we dedicate our services and facilities, and we will constantly strive through continuing education and advancement in instrumentation, to give each patient the same consideration we would expect for members of our own family.

 

Preventative Health Recommendations

 

We believe that health and well being of your pet can best be assured by participating in a program of well animal care, stressing preventative medicine and early detection of health problems. With this in mind, we have developed the following programs as a standard for well animal care. Please note these are general guidelines. Each pet will receive a custom designed preventative health care program and vaccination schedule according to his or her personal needs.

 

Well Kitten Care

 

Kittens get their first protection from viruses from their mothers. We give vaccinations at designated times for two reasons: 1) we can not tell when the mother’s protection wears off. In most cats it happens between 6 and 16 weeks. 2) For most vaccines, the body needs to be exposed twice, usually about 3 weeks apart, before it is ready to protect your kitten from disease. The second vaccine is called a “booster”.

The vaccines we currently use are:

FVRCP vaccination

(Feline rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, and panleukopenia)-protects against viruses that cause life threatening respiratory, blood and intestinal infections

FeLV vaccination

(Feline leukemia virus)-the current recommendation from American Association of Feline Practitioners is that all kittens under the age of one year receive the FeLV vaccine as part of their kitten series. As adult cats, if they go outside or are exposed to other cats that go outside, we then strongly recommend this vaccine be boostered

 

Feline Leukemia and Immunodeficiency Test

Before vaccinating, we recommend the FeLV/FIV test (feline leukemia and immunodeficiency viruses) . It detects evidence of two fatal retroviruses that can affect your cat’s ability to fight stress and infection.    The first test is performed when your kitten is 9 weeks of age. If this first test is negative, it is recommended that the test be repeated in 3 months to confirm the negative status of your kitten.

Additional Care

At your 12-16 week visit, we will schedule your pet’s spay or neuter.  After we get your Kitten off to a strong start, we’ll want to see him/her back two more times in the first year:

4-6 months

  • Neuter/spay (declaws may be performed at this time)
  • Recheck FeLV/FIV test prior to surgery
  • Baseline presurgical blood evaluation

1   year

  • Complete physical examination
  • FVRCP booster vaccination (3 year)
  • Rabies booster vaccination (1 year)
  • FeLV booster vaccination (based on risk factor assessment – 1 year)
  • Fecal exam
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Flea/tick prevention

After the 1 year visit, we won’t need to see you back for 12 months, unless your pet has a problem.

 

2   to 7 years:

After an intensive first year, our goal for the next few years is to monitor what are typically the healthiest years of your pet’s life. Each year, we will remind you to call for an appointment, where we will offer:

  • Complete annual physical and dental examination
  • FVRCP booster vaccination (as required every 3 years)
  • Rabies booster vaccination (1 year)
  • FeLV booster vaccination (based on risk factor assessment – 1 year)
  • Annual fecal exam
  • Dental prophylaxis as needed
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Flea/tick prevention

 

8 to 10 years:

For many cats, the mature years continue to be fairly carefree, but we need to be more vigilant in looking for signs of early disease or degeneration. In many cases, we can cure, manage or delay onset of conditions if we catch them early.  During these annual visits we will offer to you and your pet:

  • Complete annual physical and dental examination
  • FVRCP booster vaccination (as required every 3 years)
  • Rabies booster vaccination (1 year)
  • FeLV booster vaccination (based on risk factor assessment– 1 year)
  • Fecal exam
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Flea/tick prevention
  • Annual Dental cleaning (or as needed)
  • Blood pressure evaluation
  • Alternate year blood screen evaluation (CBC, chem panel, thyroid panel, urinanalysis)

10 years and older

 

During the later years of your cat’s life, there are many things we can do to lengthen and improve his/her quality of life. We look for conditions and diseases that may be putting increased stressors on one body system or another. To be able to do this, we need to do these things:

  • Complete annual physical and dental examination
  • FVRCP booster vaccination (as required, every 3 years)
  • Rabies booster vaccination (1 year)
  • FeLV booster vaccination (based on risk factor assessment-1 year)
  • Fecal exam
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Flea/tick prevention
  • Annual Dental cleaning (or as needed)
  • Blood pressure evaluation
  • Annual blood screen evaluation (CBC, chem panel, thyroid panel, urinanalysis)

 

 

 

 

 

Further laboratory tests such as chest radiographs, ECG, ultrasounds, fiberoptic endoscopy, etc, may be indicated based on physical exam findings or clinical history.

 

Note:

  1. All cats, including indoor only cats, should be on flea prevention to prevent flea infestations in your “Hitchhiker fleas” can hitch a ride into your house on you or another pet and lead to flea infestations if your cat is not on prevention. Not only are fleas vectors for several infectious diseases, but the eradication of these flea infestations can be time consuming and costly.

 

  1. Feline heartworm: cats are also at risk of contracting heartworm disease from infected mosquitoes in areas that are endemic for canine heartworm such as the northeast. This is a potentially fatal disease for which there is no current effective However, the disease can be easily prevented with monthly feline Revolution or Interceptor.
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Posted on

27 September 2017