Congratulations on the addition of your new family member!

Have questions about YOUR NEW KITTEN?  Ask our staff!

Your kitten will give you unconditional love and friendship that cannot be replaced.  We, at Emerald City Animal Hospital want to help keep your kitten as healthy and happy as possible.

To ensure your kitten receives complete preventative care to protect against disease, we recommend a series of three (3) visits.  During these visits, your kitten will receive the following to maintain good health:

Kitten Vaccine Protocol

  • Less than 9 Weeks

    • Kitten wellness exam

    • FVRCP (1)

    • Deworm (two dewormings, two weeks apart)

    • Client Education- Discuss Questions & Concerns

  • 9 Weeks

    • Kitten Wellness Exam

    • Feline Leukemia (FelV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) test

    • FVRCP1 and FelV2 combo Vaccine

    • Deworm if first visit

    • Heartworm Prevention

    • Client Education- Discuss Questions & Concerns

  • 12 Weeks

    • Kitten Wellness Exam

    • FVRCP1 and FelV2 Combo Vaccine

    • Rabies Vaccine

    • Heartworm Prevention

    • Client education- Discuss Questions & Concerns

  

 

  • 1) Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Caliciviris, & Panleukopenia

  • 2) Feline Leukemia Virus

The doctor may customize the visits according to your pet’s needs. 

Please monitor your KITTEN for any vaccine reactions such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, pain at the injection site, hives, swelling of the face or breathing problems.  These problems are not common but they can happen. Please call us immediately if you have any concerns so that the doctor can determine what treatment you puppy needs.

!!!WE ADVISE LEAVING YOUR PET AT HOME UNTIL IT IS FULLY VACCINATED!!!

Basic Cat and Kitten Information

Nutrition

Good food and plenty of fresh water are needed to allow your puppy to reach its full potential.  We recommend feeding your kitten a good quality food for the first year of life.  After reaching one year old, you can slowly switch your kitten to a good quality adult cat food over 7-10 days by mixing the two foods together.

BRANDS WE RECOMMEND

Purina Pro Plan, Royal Canin, & Hill's Science Diet

Spay & Neuter

All pets not being used for breeding purposes should be spayed (females) or neutered (males) between 5 and 6 months of age.  It is preferable to spay the females before they come into heat to drastically decrease their chances of developing mammary cancer.

 
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Heartworms

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the heart of our pets.  Heartworms are transmitted when a mosquito bites an infected animal and then bites your pet. These adult worms can grow up to six inches long and can eventually cause severe respiratory disease, congestive heart failure, and death.  There is no treatment for heartworm disease in cats, therefore we recommend monthly heartworm prevention year round for all cats.

BRANDS WE RECOMMEND

Revolution

Fleas & Ticks

Flea and tick control is important in keeping your pet both comfortable and healthy.  In addition to causing allergic reactions, fleas and ticks can spread disease and parasites.  These problems can be reduced or prevented with routine flea and tick control. 

BRANDS WE RECOMMEND

Revolution

Yearly Exam

After your kitten has gone through the series of puppy vaccines, it is recommended that they come in yearly for a comprehensive physical exam & booster vaccines.

Intestinal Parasite Exam (Fecal)

Animals are susceptible to many types of intestinal parasites including worms.  To determine if your pet is carrying any intestinal parasites, we must analyze a stool sample to look for their eggs.  We recommend this test twice yearly.  Tapeworm eggs are rarely found on the intestinal parasite exam therefore we rely on you to let us know if any are present.  Tapeworms resemble rice and can be seen in the stool or on the hair around the tail or anus.  If any parasites are detected, we will provide the proper medication to treat them.

Microchip

A microchip containing a unique identification number is inserted under the skin of your pet.  This may be done at any time but is convenient to do the day your pet is spayed or neutered.  Using a special scanner, veterinarians and local humane societies can read the chip, identify the pet, and contact the owners if the pet has been lost.  It is very important that once your pet is microchipped that you keep your contact information, including address and phone number current with Home Again.

Senior Care

Your cat is considered a senior at the age of 7. We recommend doing yearly blood work, a urinary analysis, and other diagnostics to determine the health of your older pet.  These tests can show the presence of underlying disease.  By catching these problems early, we can discuss ways to keep your pet as healthy as possible.

 
We hope that this provides you with some basic information about caring for your new pet.  As always, we at Emerald City Animal Hospital are here to help you keep your pet healthy and happy so you may have many fun-filled years together.

Home Dental Care

Untreated dental disease can lead to tooth loss and life threatening diseases.  Bacteria from tooth decay and gum disease can enter your pet’s bloodstream and result in infection in the heart, lungs, and other body parts of the body.  It is estimated that 85%-90% of all pets over the age of three years old suffer from some degree of tooth decay and gum disease.

Deposits of plaque build-up on your pet’s teeth. When it remains on the teeth, plaque hardens and turns to tartar, which causes inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and breaks down ligaments that connect the teeth with bone and gum tissue (periodontitis).  Home dental care as well as early and proper prophylactic teeth cleaning prevents these problems. Home dental care is vital to prevent plaque build-up and tartar.  Many dental care products are available and we will be happy to advise you regarding the best option for your pet.

Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

You can train your pet to accept regular brushing by gently rubbing your finger over the outer surface of their teeth and gums.  Apply CET Enzymatic Toothpaste to your finger to get them used to the flavor. Never use human toothpaste as this can be toxic if swallowed. A gauze sponge or rubber finger brush can be used to provide some abrasion to the teeth once your pet is used to the toothpaste.  As your pet becomes accustomed to this, you can slowly begin using a pet toothbrush, which has very soft bristles.  You should hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and rotate it in small circles on the area where the gums and teeth meet.  For the most effective cleaning, you should brush your pet’s teeth every evening after the last meal.

CET Oral Hygiene Rinse

This product is used daily to decrease oral bacteria, reduce plaque development, and therefore reduce tartar build-up.  Just a gentle squeeze into your pet’s mouth daily, will leave your pet with cleaner teeth and fresh breath while providing soothing, temporary relief from minor gum irritation.  The antibacterial and breath freshening agents lasts 24 hours.

CET Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews

Chewing helps slow the build-up of plaque through mechanical action and increased saliva flow.  The enzymes found in these chews will break down the bacteria in the mouth to further improve oral hygiene.  The chews are formulated to be easily digestible, unlike other commercial rawhides, and will not obstruct the digestive tract.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Even with regular dental care at home, your pet will eventually develop tartar and therefore need a professionaldental cleaning.  A complete oral exam is performed under anesthesia.  The teeth are then scaled to remove tartar build-up, polished then a fluoride treatment is applied.  Attention is paid to the area below the gum line where “hidden” problems arise.  Any tooth extractions or periodontal therapy needed can be done now. We are also proud to offer digital dental x-ray, which is key in diagnosing and resolving underlying issues. Your pet goes home the same day, but with a healthier, more comfortable mouth and fresher smelling breath.  Routine dental care will help keep your pet’s teeth and gums as healthy as possible, and positively contribute to the overall health of your pet.

PARASITE PREVENTION PRODUCTS

 

Heartworm, FLEA & TICK Prevention

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the heart of our four legged friends.  Heartworms are transmitted when a mosquito bites and infected animal and then bites your pet.  These adult worms can grow up to six inches long and can eventually cause congestive heart failure.  There is NO TREATMENT for cats with heartworm disease.  

We recommend starting your pet on a heartworm preventative during your first visit to us and continuing monthly.

Topical Products

REVOLUTION

This is a once a month topical product that prevents heartworms in cats. In cats, it also kills fleas, and controls roundworms, hookworms, as well as ear mites.

BRAVECTO

This is a once every THREE MONTHS topical product that prevents fleas and ticks in cats. It is a great option for indoor or outdoor cats, especially in multi-cat households.


If you have any questions that are not answered during your visit or by our website, or need clarification on any issues please feel free to call us or chat on our website, or simply stop by.
— The Doctors & Staff