Pet Doctor 911 offers the following services for our feline patients:
When purchasing or adopting a new cat or kitten, schedule an initial wellness exam at Pet Doctor 911 as soon as possible. We will examine your new pet for any signs of disease and discuss proper health care for the life of your new pet. We recommend that all healthy pets see a veterinarian at least once a year to identify any potential problems while they can still be easily treated. Older pets or those with a chronic disease should see a veterinarian every 6 months to make sure they are maintaining a good quality of life.
Kittens should begin their initial vaccination series by 6-8 weeks of age, which consists of 3 RCP vaccines administered every 3 weeks until completed. RCP stands for Rhinotracheitis virus (Herpes), Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia virus (feline distemper), and the vaccine protects against several upper respiratory viruses that are highly contagious between cats. Older cats will also require an initial series of vaccinations if they have never been vaccinated before. After the initial vaccine series is complete, the RCP vaccine must be administered again within 12 months, then every 1-3 years as recommended by one of our Pet Doctor 911 veterinarians depending on your pet’s unique needs.
All cats are required by law to be vaccinated for Rabies to prevent transmission of the Rabies virus to people. Kittens should be vaccinated against Rabies at 12-16 weeks of age, again within 12 months and then every 1-3 years depending on your local regulations and the recommendations of your veterinarian.
We also recommend that cats be vaccinated for Feline Leukemia as kittens, and as adults if they will be exposed to other cats on a regular basis. Cats that live outside or that go outside regularly are at risk for exposure to Feline Leukemia, so talk with one of our Pet Doctor 911 veterinarians about preventing this infection in your cat. Testing for Feline Leukemia and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is recommended when you first bring your new cat or kitten home, then as needed based on any signs of illness.
Veterinarians are your most reliable source of information regarding the benefits and risks associated with vaccinations. If you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s specific needs, we recommend scheduling an appointment at Pet Doctor 911 to discuss this important preventive health topic.
Just like people, cats require regular dental care to keep their teeth healthy and prevent dental infections or bad breath. There are several options for cost-effective dental care that you can do at home, so talk with one of our veterinarians today to establish a dental care program for your cat. Eventually, a full dental scaling under anesthesia is recommended for all pets, but this doesn’t have to be an extensive procedure if you keep up with your cat’s dental care at home.
The correct diet is important for your kitten’s growth and for your adult cat’s continued health. As often as your cat may insist on being fed, overfeeding can be very bad for your pet, and certain foods can even be toxic. Schedule a wellness appointment to discuss your cat’s individual dietary needs with one of our Pet Doctor 911 veterinarians. They can discuss the advantages of different diets and treats as well as how much food your pet should be eating on a daily basis.
Certain diseases including urinary infections can also be managed with special diets. Veterinarians are your best source of information regarding your cat’s dietary needs, and we offer comprehensive dietary counseling at Pet Doctor 911.
Our cats are exposed to internal parasites on a daily basis, and a proper preventive regimen is important to protect against these mostly invisible parasites. The most common internal parasites include heartworms and intestinal parasites.
Heartworms are transmitted year-round by mosquitos and can cause severe lung damage and death in cats. We recommend testing cats for heartworms when they show symptoms consistent with heartworm disease (which is different than heartworm disease in dogs). Since heartworms can cause sudden death and there is no treatment available for cats, we recommend that all of our cat patients be on a monthly heartworm medication to prevent this deadly disease.
Common intestinal parasites include hookworms and roundworms (which can be transmitted to young children), as well as Coccidia, tapeworms, and Giardia. These parasites can cause life-threatening illness, especially in young kittens, but can be easily prevented through regular testing and deworming. We recommend testing a fecal sample for intestinal parasites one or more times for kittens, and then once yearly to catch any infections before they become a problem. Regular deworming is also recommended, and the veterinarians at Pet Doctor 911 can discuss options including combining an intestinal parasite dewormer with a heartworm prevention.
Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks can be a serious source of discomfort for your cat, and can also transmit diseases. Fleas can cause allergic skin disease in certain cats, and are responsible for transmitting tapeworms as well as blood parasites. Both ticks and fleas take blood meals from your cats, and can cause severe anemia if not treated promptly. Ticks can also transmit blood parasites such as Mycoplasma and Cytauxzoon. These are parasites that infect blood cells and can cause many symptoms including lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting and anemia. If a tick-borne disease is suspected, talk with one of our veterinarians to discuss testing and treatment options.
In cats, it is very important to use the correct flea & tick preventatives, as overdosing a cat or applying a medication meant for a dog can be life-threatening. Schedule an appointment today to talk with one of our Pet Doctor 911 veterinarians about options for flea & tick control.