What your feline companion needs at his/her ADULT life-stage. (1-6 years)
Yearly wellness exams are important for your adult cat, even if they appear generally healthy. By having your cat examined at least once a year, it allows the veterinary health care team to make note of insidious problems like obesity, arthritis and dental disease, and formulate an action plan for your individual cat before problems become severe. Remember, cats age more rapidly than you or I, so getting yearly exams is like us going to the doctor every 7 years. If the veterinary team determines your cat has chronic issues, we may recommend for you to have your cat seen every 6 months to allow us to stay on top of potential problems.
Feline Distemper (FVRCP): we recommend vaccinating against panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis (herpes) and calici-virus. For most adult cats we prefer the 3 year feline distemper vaccine, this vaccine provides the same protection while allowing us to administer fewer vaccines to your cat over the course of his/her life.
Rabies: cats are more commonly exposed to this deadly disease than dogs because of their tendency to play with bats. We require that your cat be current on this vaccine before any elective procedures, and strongly recommend for legal reasons that you keep your cat up to date on this vaccine.
Feline Leukemia: we recommend vaccinating all cats who have contact with the outside or cats that go outside against feline leukemia, a deadly retroviral disease. A negative feline leukemia test is required. If your cat is strictly indoor only and does not have access to the outside or cats who go outside, we often discontinue this vaccine. Please speak with one of our doctors if you have any questions, and we will be happy to formulate a vaccine protocol tailored to your individual cat’s needs.
Intestinal Parasites: because of the zoonotic (can be spread to humans, especially small children) potential of common intestinal parasites, we recommend that all cats have their stool examined on an annual basis. Fecal examination entails giardia elisa testing, and microscopic examination of a direct and flotation preparation of feces to check for worm ovum and coccidia.
Fleas/ticks: The incidence of these parasites varies according to season in Eastern Idaho. Our main problem times are Spring and Summer. During our high risk times, or if you are traveling to an area with greater incidence of fleas and ticks, we recommend Frontline Plus for prevention.
Ear Mites: We use Revolution for treating ear mite infestations.
FELINE RETROVIRAL TESTING
Feline leukemia (FELV) and feline AIDS (FIV) are 2 very serious diseases that afflict our feline companions. They are spread through contact with an infected cat’s blood, saliva or bodily fluid or directly from mother to kitten. Because these diseases are contagious and potentially fatal, we strongly recommend testing your if he/she has a history of fighting, contact with strange cats or is sick. New adult cats should be tested prior to introducing them to the rest of your family. As there is no safe, effective vaccine against FIV, cats with an at risk lifestyle (outdoor, engage in risky behavior) should be tested annually. Testing requires a small blood sample and is performed at the clinic in approximately 10 minutes.
We recommend good oral hygiene for your cat and offer a complete line of at home dental care products ranging from tooth brushes and paste to rinses and treats. Your cat’s teeth and gums will be evaluated at their annual wellness visit. If they are showing signs of periodontal disease, we strongly recommend having their teeth professionally cleaned before severe disease necessitates tooth extraction.