Prolong Your Cat's Life
Daniel-Randall Veterinary Clinic provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and take into consideration your cat's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.
Annual preventive care for cats typically includes:
- At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
During the exam our doctors will perform a:
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
- Temperature Reading
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Dermatological Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.
- Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.
- Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.
- Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as Dental Care or Microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.
Rabies virus is transferable to all mammals including humans. It has a 100% fatality rate. Rabies vaccine is an annual immunization that is required by all states. There also is a 3-year vaccine available if recommended by the veterinarian.
This vaccine is used to help prevent feline leukemia virus. The virus is spread through direct contact (cat-to-cat) and is eventually fatal.
We recommend a booster vaccine every 3-4 weeks starting at 6-8 weeks of age. Once your pet is 16 weeks of age, they are old enough for their last booster and also their rabies vaccine. If your kitten gets a late start, it is not a problem. We would still recommend a booster every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age, with a minimum of 2 boosters.
A heartworm test is a blood test that checks your pet for heartworm disease. Since heartworms are so prevalent in this area, we recommend your pet(s) stay on preventative year round, and also do the blood test at least once every other year.
A fecal test checks your pet for intestinal parasites. Besides worms, there are other intestinal parasites that can make your pet sick. Many times, pets with parasites will not show any symptoms and you probably will not see any evidence in the stools. Even pets with normal stools can be carrying parasites. Several parasites are transferable to people therefore annual testing is recommended.