Feline Yearly Wellness Recommendations
Swann Animal clinic knows you want only the best for you pets. We are here to provide the best possible care for your pets and address any questions or concerns you may have. Below are our veterinarians' recommendations for yearly canine wellness and preventative medicine.
Physical Examination: A full physical exam with a veterinarian annually will help prevent disease and detect illness in your pet early. Your veterinarian is your pet's advocate, and they will make every effort to maintain the best possible quality of life and health for your pet.
Core Vaccinations: All canines in our region need to be protected from disease that can make your pet very sick. Our veterinarians recommend giving at least the follow vaccinations:
FVRCP- This vaccination provides protection against Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, and Panleukopenia. Each adult feline should receive this vaccination annually.
Leukemia- This vaccination helps provide protection against the Feline Leukemia Virus, a virus that causes immune deficiency. This virus is spread from infected cats through saliva and nasal secretions, urine, feces, and milk. Each adult feline should receive this vaccination annually.
Rabies- This vaccination is required by the city and state for all domestic pets because it is zoonotic (can be passed between animals and humans) and is almost always fatal in humans After the initial vaccination after the age of 12 weeks, each consequent vaccination will last for 1 year.
Parasite Prevention: This is important for all pets, no matter the age. Parasites can carry diseases that can be passed to your pet and possibly to you or your family.
Intestinal- Intestinal parasites are transmitted by parasite ingestion. This includes hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and coccidia. We can perform an intestinal parasite screen in clinic to ensure your pet doesn't have any of these parasites. We do this by analyzing a sample of feces under a microscope for eggs. If your pet tests positive for any of these parasites, our veterinarians can provide the correct treatment to rid your pet of any parasites. Monthly heartworm prevention includes a deworming medication that can protect your pet against most intestinal parasites.
Blood- Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. It is important to keep your pet on a preventative year-round to prevent this disease.
External- The external parasites your pet is at risk of in our region are fleas, ticks and mites. Some pets experience flea allergy dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction to the flea's saliva. It can cause non-stop scratching and skin infections. Ticks, as mentioned before, can transmit different blood parasites and can cause a localized skin reaction at the site of attachment. Ear mites are highly contagious and cause irritation and infections in the ears. Keeping your pet on a monthly preventative can keep your pet from having any of these parasites.
Annual Parasite Screens: It is important to test your pet each year for blood and intestinal parasites, even if they are on preventatives year-round. When doses of parasite preventative are not given correctly, your pet becomes at risk of contracting the afore mentioned diseases. We can bundle the blood and intestinal parasite screens for submission to our reference lab, which costs less than performing the same tests in clinic.
Annual Blood Work: Depending on your pet's age, your veterinarian may recommend annual blood work to establish a baseline to compare all future blood work and begin screening for early stages of different diseases. This blood work can also serve as pre-anesthetic blood work for any procedures you may have scheduled (i.e. dental, mass removal,etc.) This blood work is submitted to our reference lab.