Hopmeadow Animal Hospital

235 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06089

(860)658-1931

www.hopmeadowanimalhospital.com

  Feline Wellness   

Annual examinations are recommended for all cats, indoor and outdoor. For cats that are older than 10 years of age our veterinarians recommend semi-annual examinations; with early detection, treatment is often more manageable and effective. During the exam the doctors will discuss your pet's health, diet, any behavior issues, overall wellness care, immunization schedule, dental care and parasite control, and answer any questions you may have. At that time we will examine your cat's eyes, ears, mouth, abdomen, lymph nodes, mucous membranes, heart, lungs, and general coat condition.

 

Vaccinations 

    Many feline diseases can be prevented through vaccination. Some viruses travel through the air or may be brought into your house on your shoes or clothing. Our veterinarians tailor each vaccination schedule to each individual pet. Exposure, lifestyle, and health of each pet are taken into account to determine which vaccinations are recommended.

 

Rabies: Rabies is an acute viral infection that can affect all warm-blooded animals (i.e.: bats, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, fox, dogs, cats, humans). The diseases are most often caused by a bite from an infected animal that has the rabies virus in its saliva. Once clinical signs appear the disease is always fatal. The State of Connecticut requires a current rabies vaccination on all cats over 12 weeks of age except with a rabies exemption waiver. The rabies vaccination is first given at 12 weeks of age. Kittens and adult cats with no previous vaccination are protected for 1 year. The following year they are given a vaccination that is protects them for 3 years. The vaccination is also boosted if there is exposure, such as interaction with wildlife or a bite from an unknown origin.    

Distemper:  Distemper also called panleukopenia is a widespread often-fatal disease among cats. Cats may contract distemper (Feline panleukopenia) from contact with blood, urine, feces, nasal secretions, or infected fleas. After the initial series of booster vaccinations, the distemper vaccine is considered protective for 1 year then each subsequent vaccination is good for 3 years.

Also included in the feline distemper vaccine is protection against: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis and Feline Caliciviris, which are highly contagious respiratory diseases. 

Feline Leukemia: Feline Leukemia is a viral disease that is the leading cause of death from infectious agents in cats. The virus inhibits the immune system and results in various types of cancer and other chronic diseases. The virus is present in saliva, urine, and other body fluids and is transmitted via sharing food & water dishes, mutual grooming, sneezing, and using common litter areas. Multiple cat households, outdoor cats, and any cat sitting in an open window or porch should be vaccinated. The initial vaccination requires  2 doses given 2 to 3 weeks apart then followed by annual revaccination.

Fecal  Testing: Like most animals, cats can be plagued with a variety of internal parasites some of which are zoonotic (transferred to people). These parasites affect the health of our pets and can affect our health. Our veterinarians recommend a minimum annual test of your pet's stool. The sample will be sent to the lab to test for: hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, coccidian, giardia, and tapeworms.