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Kitten Preventive Care
Congratulations on your new baby!
Welcome to Galena Square Veterinary Clinic!
Welcome Visit and Preventive Care Exam
Your initial welcome visit with your new kitten will include your kitten's Annual Preventive Care Exam. At this visit our team will take a detailed history (where did your new baby come from, what does he or she eat, how long have you had him or her, etc). Your veterinarian will do a complete nose-to-tail physical exam and discuss the exam with you as well as answer any questions you may have. At this visit an intestinal parasite exam (sometimes called a fecal) will also be performed (don't worry - this doesn't hurt!) to make sure your new baby isn't carrying any unwanted guests! Your veterinarian will also discuss vaccines with you and their recommendations based on your kitten's needs as well as dental hygiene and cleaning and what to expect during a spay or neuter surgery.
Internal and External Parasite Screen
Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Screening
Kitten Vaccination Program
This vaccine is often called the "Feline Distemper Vaccine." These viruses are highly contagious and often cause upper respiratory (severe cold) symptoms. Panleukopenia can also lead to intestinal and neurologic symptoms and in some cases is fatal.
When: Vaccination starts as early as 8 weeks of age.
FeLV (Feline Leukemia)
Vaccination against the highly contagious and fatal Feline Leukemia Virus. All kittens should receive this vaccine due to their high exposure level. As your cat ages into adulthood you and your veterinarian should discuss exposure levels and may chose to discontinue this vaccine in future years.
When: Vaccination can be given as early as 8 weeks old
FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
FIV is sometimes called Feline AIDS. This vaccine is not recommended unless exposure levels are high (a known FIV positive cat is in the household for instance). To receive this vaccine your kitten must be microchipped because the vaccination will cause a false "positive" reading when testing. Your veterinarian can discuss the with you in detail whether or not this vaccine is recommended for your kitten.
FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)
FIP is a fatal disease in kittens and cats that you may read about online or in kitten books. There used to be a vaccine for this disease however the vaccine was not considered effective and has for the most part been discontinued. We do not recommend this vaccine for your kitten.