Yearly Recommendations for Adult Cats
At Arden Animal Hospital, we believe that prevention is the best medicine! To keep your best friend healthy and happy, we recommend certain preventative services annually.
One of the most important components of good preventative care includes a yearly physical exam by one of our compassionate veterinarians. They have the knowledge and skill to detect issues early and may be able to fix them before they turn into bigger issues.
These are the vaccines that every adult cat should receive no matter what their breed or lifestyle.
RABIES: Given first at 16 weeks then boosted 1 year later. For adult cats over 2 years of age, this vaccine will be updated once every year.
FVRCP: This vaccine provides protection from Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. Given as a series in kittens, and as a yearly vaccine in adult cats, this vaccine protects against some of the most deadly viruses in cats.
The necessity of these vaccines depends on your cat's specific lifestyle. Call our hospital or an appointment with one of our veterinarians to discuss whether they may be necessary for your pet!
FELINE LEUKEMIA (FELV): This infectious disease can result in a multitude of serious health problems for your cat - everything from cancerous conditions such as leukemia to a wide range of secondary infections caused by the destruction of the immune system. It is transmitted by contact with another infected cat. If you cat goes outside the house, then this is a must vaccine to keep them safe and healthy. This vaccine is first given as a series of two injections four weeks a part and then boosted once every year.
Whether indoor only or outside cats, our pets come into contact with a whole host of parasites everyday. Many of these can even be transmitted to humans! Because of this, we recommend yearly fecal testing as well as monthly preventatives including heartworm, intestinal parasites, flea and tick prevention.
Early Detection Labwork
Our cat's medical problems can be costly, especially if they have reached an advanced stage without us even knowing! To detect many treatable problems early, Arden Animal Hospital recommends annual blood, some sometimes urine testing. These tests check metabolic function as well as the health of many of your pet's most important organs, such as the liver and kidneys. Catching possible problems early can greatly reduce the cost of treatment of many common problems and extend your pet's life if caught early enough.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give our hospital a call and schedule an appointment today!