Starting your kitten off right requires that you schedule a new pet exam, ideally the same day that you get your new friend, or within the first 48 hours. We at Ridgefield feel that the exam is the single most important thing that we do. The reason is that the exam may reveal serious problems that may make neccessary the return of your pet, or we may find minor problems that can be dealt with before they turn into bigger issues.
An important part of this first visit is getting an idea of the new adoptee's vaccine history and planning its future vaccines to prevent the often serious kittenhood diseases that we commonly see. All kittens should receive the basic vaccines listed below thru the 1st Annual Vaccination. At the second annual vaccination, your veterinarian will discuss your pet's lifestyle and exposure possibilities for the various diseases we can vaccinate against, and together we will arrive at a customized plan for your pet.
|6-8 weeks||exam, fecal, FVRCP vaccine
Start heartworm prevention and flea prevention
|the fecal is a very important part of this exam even if your pet was "dewormed". General dewormers do not kill parasites like coccidia and giardia.
The FVRCP vaccinates against Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus, both respiratory diseases, and Panleukopenia, a GI pathogen causing severe bloody diarrhea and decreased white count (a relative of canine Parvo).
Heartworm and flea prevention can be conveniently combined with the products Revolution or Advantage Multi, which are topical - a plus in cats!
|12 weeks||exam, FVRCP,
Feline Leukemia (FeLV) vaccine
|This booster set includes a vaccine that will help prevent Feline Leukemia, a disease similar to AIDS. THERE IS NO HUMAN HAZARD, but there is no treatment once cats are infected. We vaccine all kittens regardless of indoor/outdoor status because where they are housed can change dramatically during the first year.|
|16 weeks||exam, final boosters of the FVRCP, FeLV,Rabies||This is the last set of kitten vaccinations.
Your pet will receive a rabies tag at this point. Their next vaccinations, which will consist of the ones given today, will be one year from now.
|1yr 4 months||exam, FVRCP, FeLV, Rabies,fecal check||First Annual exam and vaccinations. A booster of all of the routine vaccinations and a parasite check is standard, as well as a thorough physical exam and weight check.|