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Heartworm in Cats

Heartworm in Cats

Recommendations for heartworm are specific to your cat family

When and how often cats should be tested for heartworm infection is a matter of debate. In making the decision on when to test, we consider how common heartworm disease is where your live, and what heartworm preventive care your cats currently receive. We also consider your pets’ environment and the mosquito season in Chicago.

Heartworm in Cats

Cats should be tested before they are started on a heartworm preventive. Experts do not agree on how often a cat that is taking a preventive should be tested, however, it would be based on risk of exposure and consistency of administering preventives. Our experienced veterinary team can weigh all the considerations for your pet, and help you decide what is best for your pet.

Control of Intestinal Parasites

Keeping your scheduled annual exam is a gift to your cat. As with vaccinations and heartworm testing, you’ll find different opinions on when or if fecal examinations should be performed. You’ll hear a wide variety of advice on when or if cats should receive regular deworming.  Our recommendations are based on circumstances as follows.

  • The age of your pet
  • Likelihood your pets have been exposed to feces from other animals
  • Evidence your pet suffers from fleas
  • Whether your breed is a hunting breed
  • The kind of preventive, if any your pet currently receives
  • A history of infection
  • Your breeding plans
  • How your children interact with your pets

Considerations for Kittens

Because prenatal infections do not occur in kittens, initiate treatment at 3 weeks; repeat at 5, 7, and 9 weeks of age, and then put on a monthly heartworm preventive that also controls intestinal parasites. Using a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product decreases the risk of parasites.

Managing Adult Cats

If on a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product, have a fecal test performed 1-2 times per year and treat appropriately. If not on a year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite combination product, have a fecal test performed 2-4 times per year and treat appropriately. Also monitor and eliminate parasites in pet’s environment.

Heartworms in Kitten - Heatlhcare at AuburnNewly Acquired Cats and Kittens

Auburn Animal Hospital Family believes in deworming immediately, after 2 weeks, and then following the above recommendations. We recommend new pet owners obtain the history of deworming of their pets and contact us to determine if additional treatment is needed.

Roundworms and hookworms of your pet can cause serious disease in people, especially children who may not have good hygiene habits. Treating them for worms is important for your pet’s health as well as your family’s.  Visit us to get detailed directions on how to manage the pets you love.

We strongly advise owners to make sure your pets have an annual fecal examination performed. Fecal examinations are advantageous. They reveal immediately whether your cat has intestinal parasites. If so, you may need to change their environment and access to other animals. You will also know what type of parasites are present. In that case, the proper medication will be selected to kill all of them at once.

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Wellness Plans for Your Adult Dogs and Cats

Wellness Plans for Your Adult Dogs and Cats

Petly plans help you budget for pet carePetly Wellness for Dogs and Cats

These plans include necessary examinations, vaccines, laboratory tests and other services essential to protect your dog and cat against illness. An upgraded plan is designed to provide additional services like routine dental cleanings and more extensive annual diagnostics.  Petly doesn’t cover all healthcare cost, but it does make wellness more affordable.

Dogs and cats age at a much faster rate than people. For every year that you age, your dog or cat can age from 6 to 8 years. Your pet’s medical and nutritional needs change as their bodies age. A Preventative Care Plan helps manage their evolving health care needs by monitoring vital organ function and detecting problems early, before they become life threatening. Early treatment is also usually less costly.

Adult preventative care plans at Auburn include all necessary examinations, vaccines, laboratory tests and other services essential to protect your dogs and cats against illness and disease. An upgraded plan is designed to provide additional services like routine dental cleanings and more extensive annual diagnostics. Our goal is to keep your pet healthy and happy during the prime years of their life.

 

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Adult Petly plans are designed for dogs and cats older than 7 months of age.  They won’t eliminate all pet care costs, but Petly does include most basic care. See our Information Booklet for more information.

Auburn Animal Hospital New Client Form

Restrictions:

  • Pets must be healthy to enroll
  • If pet is in heat, pregnant, or diagnosed as cryptochrid at time of surgery, additional charges will apply
  • Plan is nontransferable
  • Must provide voided check, major credit or debit card and a photo ID to sign up
Kitten and Puppy Petly Wellness

Kitten and Puppy Petly Wellness

Petly plans help you budget for pet careWellness Plans for Kitten and Puppies

Puppies and kittens both inherit a natural immunity from their mother that protects them from birth. This natural immunity continues until about 6 weeks of age.  After 6 weeks, your pet depends on you to continue that protection until their own immune system is fully developed. Your pet’s immunity isn’t fully developed for 12 months.  A Preventative Care Plan is designed to continue that protection by providing all services necessary to carry your young pet through the important first year of life.

Petly plans help you budget for pet care

 

You’ll have a healthier, happier kitten or puppy as a result of preventative, Petly health care plans.  Your pets also stand a better chance of living longer.  Our plans include all necessary examinations, vaccines, lab work, and you’ll get other tests needed during the first year. If your pet has not been spayed or neutered, pre-surgical blood work, hospitalization for the day, surgical procedure, and a re-check are included.  See our Information Book below to see how care progresses from your first visit progresses.

Restrictions

  • Pets must be healthy to enroll.
  • If your pet is in heat, pregnant, or diagnosed as cryptochrid at time of surgery, additional charges will apply.
  • Plan is nontransferable.
  • Must provide voided check, major credit or debit card and a photo ID to sign up.

Here’s our Information Book where you can learn more.

Auburn Animal Hospital New Client Form

 

Vaccinations for Cats

Vaccinations for Cats

How often should my cats receive vaccinations?

You may have heard about the current controversies regarding cat vaccinations. Some researchers believe we do not need to vaccinate annually for most diseases.  But how often we should vaccinate for each specific disease in adult animals has not yet been determined. We do not know how long the protection from a vaccine lasts. It may be 5 years for one disease and 3 years for another. For still others, vaccinations may last less than 2 years.

Almost all researchers agree that we need to continue to give at least three combination vaccinations, and repeat these at one year of age. They also agree that rabies vaccinations should continue to be given.

cat vaccinations are important to healthy cat lifestyle.Against what diseases are we protecting?

Experts agree on which vaccines are ‘core’ vaccines, i.e., what vaccines should be given to every cat, and what vaccines are given only to certain cats (non-core). Whether to vaccinate with non-core vaccines depends upon a number of things.  Age, breed, and health status of the cat all impact our recommendation for vaccinations.  We also consider potential exposure of the cat to other pets that could carry disease, the type of vaccine, and our geographical area.

Types of Vaccines

In cats, the suggested core vaccines are feline panleukopenia (distemper), feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calici virus, and rabies.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) recommends vaccinating against feline panleukopenia (distemper), feline viral rhinotracheitis, and feline calici virus every three years. But they also suggest that cats at a high risk of exposure to these diseases may benefit from more frequent vaccinations. There are now one year and three year combination vaccines and rabies vaccines available for cats. The decision to use either a one year vaccine versus a three year vaccine must be made by each cat owner. Consult with your veterinarian to determine what is best for your cat.

The non-core vaccines include feline leukemia (FeLV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), ringworm, and chlamydia.  We suggest all kittens receive an initial FeLV vaccination series and also a booster at one year of age. That’s because they are your most susceptible pets, and their lifestyles often change. The AAFP recommends that only adult cats with risk of exposure to FeLV continue to receive the FeLV vaccine. FIP and ringworm vaccinations are not recommended. The choice to use a chlamydia vaccine is based upon the prevalence of the disease and husbandry conditions.

If you have any questions about vaccinating your cat, as us during the annual exam. We’ll help you make the best decision for your breed and family.

Annual Exams for Your Pet

Annual Exams for Your Pet

Why are annual exams so important?

Just as physical exams are recommended for humans, they are recommended for our pets as well.  If your cat or dog is older or has medical problems, they may need even more frequent examinations. Read more about health screenings for your older pet here.

A year is a long time in a pet’s life.  Between exams, many factors may cause a change in your pet’s health status.  Assuming our pets will live to their early teens, they will only have about thirteen annual exams in a lifetime. That is not very many when you think about it. We may uncover a hidden health threat.  However, for the cost savings in early detection, an annual exam can save you money.

Annual Exams ensure your pets' health and long lifeDuring your annual exams, we’ll review these aspects of their health with you:

Vaccination status – there are more environmental threats to your pet’s health than ever before, and timely vaccinations are one of the most reliable ways to avoid future problems.  We’ll explain the most common threats during your annual exams.

Parasite control for intestinal parasites, fleas, ticks, mites, and heartworms

Dental health – we’ll review the care you give at home; any mouth odors, pain, or other signs of disease you may have observed

Nutrition – including what your pets eat, how often, what supplements and treats are given, and changes in water consumption, weight, or appetite

Exercise – how much exercise your pet receives including how often and what kind; and any changes in your pet’s ability to exercise is one of the most important discussions we’ll have during your annual exams

Ears and Eyes – any discharge, redness, or itching

Stomach and intestines – any vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, belching, or abnormal stools

Breathing – any coughing, shortness of breath, sneezing, or nasal discharge

Behavior – any behavior problems such as barking, ‘accidents,’ or changes in temperament

Feet and legs – any limping, weakness, toenail problems

Coat and skin – any hair loss, pigment changes, lumps, itchy spots, shedding, mats, oranal sac problems

Urogenital – any discharges, heats, changes in mammary glands, urination difficulties or changes, neutering if it has not already been performed

Blood tests – especially for geriatric dogs, those with medical problems, and those who are receiving medications