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Feline Care

Feline Vaccines, Bathing, Microchips, Heartworm & Flea prevention.

Heartworm prevention:

We do not have to run a heartworm test before we start heartworm prevention on cats; heartworm disease manifests a little differently in cats and there is no treatment for the disease in felines. A monthly prevention is still highly recommended even if your cat is indoor, since one or two worms can be fatal in cats. We do have a test for heartworm disease in cats which we can run and have the results within 10 minutes.

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Core Vaccines:

Rabies Vaccination:

Rabies is a fatal neurological disease; it is transmitted through bites and saliva. We offer a 1-Year vaccine or a 3-Year vaccine. In order to receive the 3-Year rabies, an animal must have had at least ONE 1-Year vaccine in the past. It is required by law for all animals to be vaccinated for rabies. Kittens can be vaccinated at 12 weeks of age or older. We have the ONE year Pure-Vax Rabies and a Purevax Rabies/FVRCP combination vaccine for cats. Purevax ®, is a non-adjuvant rabies product which reduces the chances of felines having an inflammatory reaction that can cause feline vaccine-associated sarcomas (a type of deadly cancer). An adjuvant is a compound that is added to the vaccine to trigger a stronger inflammatory reaction than a non-adjuvant vaccine does; therefore, the non-adjuvant vaccines will highly reduce the chances of a sarcoma and is strongly recommended.

FVRCP ( Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia psittaci, and Panleukopenia) Vaccination :

This is a combination vaccine; it will protect your cat against these diseases, but it must be administered once a year. The vaccine series should be started at 6 weeks of age and booster at 9, 12, and 15 weeks of age. If a cat is 12 weeks or older it should receive a vaccine and a booster 3 weeks later. Feline Panleukopenia is a contagious, many times fatal disease; symptoms include fever, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, abdominal pain, tremors and incoordination. It is transmitted by contact with infected cats, their feces and is very resistant in the environment. Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus are both respiratory diseases. Symptoms include nasal and eye discharge, conjunctivitis, ulcers of the oral cavity, anorexia and an upper respiratory infection. Cats can recover from the virus, but it can reoccur under stress. You should seek the attention of a veterinarian if your cat has any upper respiratory symptoms.

Vaccines (Additional)

Feline Leukemia Vaccination:

Feline Leukemia is a disease associated with a high mortality rate; it suppresses the immune system causing other disease to emerge and take over effortlessly. This disease is transmitted by direct contact with infected cats or with contaminated food dishes and litter boxes.

Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Combo Test:

This is an in-house combination test we perform and have results within 10 minutes! We recommend this test to new kittens or new stray cats you are bringing into your home. It is also recommended if your cat is outdoors and not vaccinated regularly.

Risk Factors for Feline Leukemia and FIV include:

Fighting Outdoor cats (even if for brief amounts of time)Contact with other catsNewly Adopted catsExposure to Unknown cats

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV):

FIV attacks a cat's immune system; there are many symptoms associated with this disease including development of various cancers. This is a life-long infection; it is the feline form of HIV. FIV is contagious to other cats, but is not transmissable to humans.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP):

Initial symptoms of this disease are usually associated with an upper respiratory infection, however, it will progress and spread to other tissues and organs. A classic sign of peritonitis is swelling of the abdomen; FIP is cause be a corona virus spread by infected cats. Once symptoms occur, mortality rate is 100%.

Important Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Neutering your pet (castration):

  • Removal of the testicles & spermatic cord
  • Ideal age is 4-6 months
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, the 2nd most common tumor in male dogs.
  • Greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer & prostatitis
  • Reduces the risk of perianal tumors
  • Reduces roaming and fighting
  • Eliminates or reduces spraying or marking in males neutered before 6 months of age or before the onset of these behaviors.
  • Eliminates the risk & spread of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Eliminates unwanted litters.

Spaying (ovariohysterectomy):

  • Removal of the ovaries and uterus
  • Ideal age is 4-6 months
  • If spayed before the 1st heat cycle, your pet has a less than 1% chance of developing breast cancer.
  • If spayed after 1 heat cycle, your pet has an 8% change of developing breast cancer
  • If spayed after 2 heat cycles, the risk increases to 26%
  • After 2 years, no protective benefit exists.
  • Pets with diabetes or epilepsy should be spayed to prevent hormonal changes that interfere with medication.
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer
  • Eliminates unwanted pregnancies

Unfortunate Reality:

More than 4 million pets are euthanized in the U.S. animal shelters each year simply because they have no home. Many are puppies and kittens less than 6 months old. Help stop this needless loss of life. Spay and neuter your pet.

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Goose Creek Office

Monday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed