An Ounce of Prevention: Care for Your Cat

​​My cat stays indoors - should s/he get an annual check up? Absolutely yes. The vaccines are important, but even more important is the annual physical exam. The exam allows Dr. Phimister to assess and get to know your cat. Regular checkups support prevention, early detection and treatment as necessary.

 

An annual checkup includes:

Checking the nose, eyes and ears for any abnormalities.​

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Examining the health of the teeth and gums.​

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Looking at skin and coat to see if there is any irritation or signs of parasites.​

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Palpation of the abdomen, feeling for any abnormalities.​

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Listening to the heart and lungs.

 

 
Vaccinations can include the following:
 

​Rabies - Single dose at four months. Revaccinate on an annual basis.​

Feline Distemper - As early as six weeks, then every three to four weeks until 16 weeks of age. The initial course includes two doses given three to four weeks apart. Boosters are given a year after the last dose of the initial series, then no more than every three years.

Feline Herpesvirus and Calicivirus - As early as six weeks, then every three to four weeks until 16 weeks of age. The initial course includes two doses given three to four weeks apart. Boosters are given a year after the last dose of the initial series, then no more than every three years.

Feline Leukemia Virus - As early as eight weeks, then after three to four weeks two additional doses are given, three to four weeks apart. Additional doses are given a year after the last dose of the initial series, then annually.

Bordetella - Given at eight weeks, then after two to four weeks two additional doses are given, two to four weeks apart. Boosters are given annually.

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In case of an emergency, call 510-548-6684 or go immediately to PETS at 1048 University Avenue, Berkeley. The emergency hospital staff will call and/or fax test results to the Kensington Veterinary Hospital to update Dr. Phimister on your pet's health status.​

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