Kitten Wellness & Vaccinations
The importance of routine physical exams cannot be overlooked. This veterinarian- performed procedure is valuable to both the cat and the owner. Problems can be discovered during a physical exam even in apparently healthy cats. The findings of the examination give the veterinarians the necessary information to assess your cat’s health status. Our veterinarian will then make recommendations for any required treatment and any preventive health care procedures such as vaccinations.
A new kitten needs to start out life strong! For a short time after birth your kittens immune system is supplemented by antibodies transferred from the mother but after that they have to start building their own. You can help them with the right vaccination schedule at the right time. The 16th Avenue Animal Clinic in Markham has a three round schedule adapted for our area.
- FVRCP is a combination vaccine with annual boosters. It is made up of Feline Viral Rhinotracheitus – A common respiratory infection of cats which can be serious to kittens. Sneezing, decreased appetite and fever, followed by a thick discharge from the eye and nose at noticed. Calicivirus – An upper respiratory infection of cats with signs similar to the above mentioned, In addition ulcers may be seen on the tongue and in the mouth and Panleukopenia – A wide spread and potentially fatal disease which may cause a sudden unset of severe vomiting and diarrhea and is especially dangerous to kittens but can affect adult cats.
- Feline Leukemia Virus (FelV). An infection with this virus can cause serious disease in cats. The virus decreases the ability of the immune system and generally lead to different types of cancer. FelV is passed from cat to cat by direct contact, so outside cats and cats in multi-cat households are especially at high risk. It is not contagious to people.
- Rabies vaccinations are required by law in the Markham area. It affects the nervous system in all mammals, including humans. The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal.
Schedule (depending on geographical area)
- First Visit at 8 Weeks- 1st FVRCP and The 16th Avenue Animal Hospital in Markham offers Complimentary Deworming
- Second Visit at 12 Weeks- FVRCP Booster, 1st Feline Leukemia (outdoor cats mainly). We also recommend a Feline Leukemia SNAP Test.
- Third Visit at 16 Weeks- Rabies, FVRCP Booster, and Feline Leukemia Booster.
- Annual Boosters – Rabies, FVRCP and Feline Leukemia.