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Kitten Preventative Care Plan

wellness_kitten_cliff.pngDesert Hills Animal Clinic adheres to the philosophy that prevention is the best medicine.  Regular vaccinations are recommended and Desert Hills Animal Clinic provides a core series of vaccinations that include feline herpes virus, feline calici virus, feline rhinotreachitis virus and feline panleukopenia virus.  Vaccine protocols will vary depending on previous vaccines given, but a rule of thumb is 6, 9, 12, and 16 weeks. Feline leukemia vaccination is also available at 12 and 16 weeks and Rabies vaccination is recommended at 16 weeks.  Feline immunodeficiency virus vaccines are also available for cats that are at high risk.  Vaccinations help keep our pets healthy and free of disease.  Desert Hills Animal Clinic recommends yearly vaccinations.  

Fleas are not a common problem in Arizona but can live here.  Ticks are a problem. Ticks carry a disease known as Ehrlichiosis (tick fever).  No product is perfect against ticks but we recommend Frontline which will help protect your cat from fleas and ticks. 

Kittens can come to a new home with intestinal parasites.  Most commonly we see round worm, coccidia and giardia.  It is important to bring a fecal sample to your first visit to determine if your kitten has any of these parasites.  Fecal tests should be done yearly to monitor for intestinal parasitism.

Kittens should be provided a well balanced, healthy diet to optimize growth and for disease prevention.   Desert Hills Animal Clinic recommends Royal Canin Development stage diet for your kitten.  Please ask our staff how to help keep your kitten healthy.  Pet insurance is available to clients who are interested. 

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