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Frequently Asked Questions at Our Animal Hospital

Why does my cat need vaccines?

Vaccines are an important part of your cat’s health care. Vaccines keep your pet healthy and prevent serious diseases. We will make sure your cat avoids these serious diseases through a vaccination schedule based on your pet’s lifestyle, health, exposure to other animals in kennels, your pet’s risk of preventable diseases and other individual circumstances.

How often does my cat need a Rabies vaccination?

For cats, we use feline-exclusive rabies vaccines which are good for 1 year.

At what age should I have my cat spayed or neutered?

We recommend waiting until your pet is at least 4-6 months of age before seeking a spay or neuter procedure. Spaying/neutering leads to health and behavior benefits for your cat, and of course helps prevent overpopulation.

Why does my cat need an annual physical exam–especially if no vaccines are due?

Annual or Wellness exams are much more important than just receiving vaccines. During an annual exam, your cat will have all of its body systems thoroughly checked for any potential current or arising issues. There may be subtle changes to your cat’s health that your veterinarian will be able to discover during an exam well before your pet shows any symptoms. Your pet’s wellness exam is also a great time to discuss any questions you have about your cat’s age or nutritional status with your veterinarian.

How do I get my cat’s prescription medications?

Our in-house pharmacy has a selection of prescription medications and therapeutic diets for your family pet. Our staff members can help you select the best medication, determine the proper dosage, and provide information on side effects or interactions. Contact us immediately if your cat experiences an adverse reaction, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding a prescription medication.

Does the fecal sample test for heartworms?

No. Heartworm disease is a blood-borne disease that is transmitted through mosquitoes. Heartworm disease is less common and more difficult to diagnose in cats, therefore a variety of testing methods are usually needed to confirm infection. These may include radiographs, blood tests and echocardiography.

Why does my cat need dental cleaning and how often should this be done?

Yearly professional pet dental exams, tooth scaling, and polishing are necessary to maintain healthy teeth and gums for your cat. Oral diseases can have a negative impact on your pet’s overall health; this is why it’s important that your cat receives a dental exam with our veterinarians on a regular basis.

Do I need to brush my cat’s teeth at home?

Regular at-home dental care is recommended to help maintain your pet’s oral and overall health. Home dental care for your cat should start early, even before their adult teeth come in. Pet owners should brush their pet’s teeth frequently, as tooth brushing is the best method of preventing plaque, calculus, and bacterial build-up. There are also additional options for at-home dental care such as dental formulated foods, water additives, and dental treats.

Do you take pet insurance? How does pet insurance work? Do you recommend a specific insurance carrier?

Pet insurance has been extremely beneficial to many of our clients and there are many different companies to choose from. While we do not specifically recommend one over another, we do recommend comparing multiple policies before deciding. Important things to consider are deductibles, percentage of claim paid, whether or not the claim is based on the actual treatment or a predetermined value, and what happens with pre-existing conditions or breed specific issues.

When can my kitten eat adult food?

It is strongly recommended that kittens eat kitten-specific food until 1 year of age. Kitten foods should be labeled for kittens only and not multiple life stages. If you have any questions about which type of food is appropriate for your kitten, please consult your veterinarian.

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