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KITTEN WELLNESS CARE

Necessary Veterinary Procedures and Preventative Medications for

Felines Less than 1 Year Old

General, veterinarian led wellness care, vaccinations, and preventative medications are very important for young kittens when their immune systems are still vulnerable and developing.  Vaccines protect against many viral and bacterial infections that are highly contagious and thrive in our area. We will provide vaccination education and also discuss our vaccination schedule and how we can partner with you to protect your new kitten.  We will also begin preventative medications for parasites at the appropriate ages.  Ensure your new kitten's life with you gets off to the very best start.  Contact us to schedule your wellness visit today.

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The information below is a general timeline that will provide you with complete details on all necessary wellness and preventative care according to the age of your new kitten during the first year.

 

What happens if you obtained a kitten at an older age, missed an appointment, or didn't know when to visit our veterinary clinic for vaccinations?  Are you too late?  Can anything be done?  What do you need to do?

Please don't panic.  We are 100% here to help you and your pet get on a customized health plan tailored just for your new kitten so you can enjoy many years of healthy companionship moving forward.  Dr. Carter will enjoy speaking with you at your first visit concerning your pet's history.  He will custom tailor a wellness and preventive care plan for your new kitten and he will discuss future veterinary care needs moving forward.  

 

Please call our pet loving staff today to begin the journey towards wellness and preventative care.

 

We will enjoy helping you every step of the way.  That's what we do. 

WELLNESS VISIT
6 WEEKS OLD

$51.88 Including a Nose-To-Tail Wellness and General Health Exam provided by Dr. Jim Carter plus 6 Week Kitten Vaccinations (1-HCP) and Deworming using prescription strength medication for hookworms and roundworms.

Congratulations on your new kitten and we look forward to building the foundation of preventative care for with you.  It is easy for new pet owners to be a little overwhelmed.  Kittens need the very best quality food, plenty of love and attention, gentle training, safe toys, socialization, a comfortable home, and proper veterinary care.  We sincerely look forward to helping you every step of the way to ensure your kitten gets off to the very best start.

VETERINARIAN
NOSE-TO-TAIL EXAMINATION

VACCINATIONS ADMINISTERED:
1-HCP/FVRCP

PRESCRIPTION
STRENGTH
DEWORMER

NUTRITIONAL NEEDS AND COUNSELING 

AGE APPROPRIATE FLEA PRODUCTS

What is the HCP/FVRCP Vaccination?

  • Rhinotracheitis: This disease is triggered by the feline herpes virus and if left untreated, it causes starvation, dehydration, and eventually death.

  • Calicivirus: Kittens are particularly susceptible to this disease of the respiratory system which can also cause mouth ulcers and develop into pneumonia if left untreated.

  • Panleukopenia: Also known as feline distemper or parvovirus, panleuokopenia affects nearly all cats. It develops extremely fast and can kill a kitten within 12 hours upon contraction without immediate medical intervention.

The three-in-one combination vaccine known as 1-HCP or FVRCP, immunizes kittens against these illnesses. It's administered as a shot to kittens beginning at 6 weeks old and repeated at 9 and 12 weeks old.  Kittens have passive immunity from antibody absorption from their mother through the intestine for 24-48 hours after birth.  This protects them against the diseases during the first few weeks of life but they do need to build longer-lasting active immunity in order to remain protected against these diseases.  Because it is impossible to predict when a kitten will lose its short-term immunity, a series of vaccines spaced at regular intervals boost the cat's chances of developing active immunity. This aim is to administer vaccines at 6 weeks, 9 weeks, and 12 weeks during the critical window after the kitten loses maternal immunity before exposure to infectious disease.

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NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING

Speak with Dr. Carter about his preferred food brands as he is the "food guru" and enjoys sharing his knowledge and findings with new owners.  
 
There are clear winners in the vast food market of premium diets.  We assure you, good food is mandatory for proper development and general health.
We are happy to point you in the right direction.

Dr. Carter recommends feeding a high quality diet designed for kittens for the first full 12 months of life before switching to an adult food.

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WELLNESS VISIT
9 WEEKS OLD

This visit begins with testing for Feline Leukemia Test (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Test (FIV).  The cost of the two tests combined is $38.63.

 

Provided these two tests are negative, we will then administer the

9 Week Vaccines and Deworming using prescription strength medication for hookworms and roundworms  at an additional cost of $64.46.

If your pet has not had a general health and wellness exam previously performed by Dr. Jim Carter of Carter Veterinary Clinic and/or your prior vaccinations were performed by another veterinarian or breeder, there is a mandatory $28.00 wellness examination fee that will be added to the cost of your 9 week old kitten vaccination visit. Carter Veterinary Clinic only charges for one veterinarian wellness and general health examination throughout the entire kitten wellness vaccination series to keep vaccinations as affordable as possible and also to enable us to prescribe prescription products

Three weeks after the 6 week vaccination visit, it is time for 9 week old tests, boosters and additional vaccinations.  Why do young kittens need booster shots for certain vaccinations?  Every kitten is an individual and there is no clear way to know precisely when the mother's antibodies, which are provided through colostrum the first few days after birth, will wear off.  Kittens are at their most critical period for disease contraction when young.  As a result, boosters are provided to fill the void in the gap from where maternal antibodies end and their personal immune response begins.  Timeliness of vaccinations is EXTREMELY important.  We can't stress this enough.  Ensure you keep your appointments for vaccinations to provide your kitten with the best protection and defense against common diseases that are preventable, but can not be cured if contracted.

TESTS: FeLV & FIV

VACCINATIONS PROVIDED:
1-HCPCh & FeLV

FLEA  PRODUCTS
8 WEEKS AND OLDER

PRESCRIPTION
DEWORMER
ADMINISTRATION

What are the FeLV and FIV Tests?

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is one of the most common infectious diseases in cats. Infection rates are significantly higher in cats that are ill or otherwise at high risk, such as young kittens. Fortunately, the prevalence of FeLV in cats has decreased significantly in the past 25 years since the development of an effective vaccine and accurate testing procedures. FeLV adversely affects a cat's body in many ways. It is the most common cause of cancer in cats, may cause various blood disorders, and may lead to a state of immune deficiency that hinders a cat's ability to protect itself against other infections. Because of this, common bacteria infections, viruses, protozoa, and fungi that usually do not affect healthy cats can cause severe illness in FeLV-infected cats. These secondary infections are responsible for many of the diseases associated with FeLV. Although there are some therapies that have been shown to decrease the amount of FeLV in the bloodstream of affected cats, these therapies may have significant side effects and may not be effective in all cases.  Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure for FeLV.  Veterinarians treating and managing FeLV-positive cats showing signs of disease usually treat specific problems, such as prescribing antibiotics for secondary infections or performing blood transfusions for severe anemia. If your kitten tests positive for this disease, we will discuss expectations moving forward, but will not continue with vaccinations.

 

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), also referred to as feline AIDS virus, is one of the most common and consequential infections diseases in cats around the world. In infected cats, FIV attacks the immune system, leaving the cat vulnerable to many other infections. Although cats infected with FIV may appear normal for years, they eventually suffer from immune deficiency, which allows normally harmless bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi found in the everyday environment to potentially cause severe illnesses. There is no cure for FIV.  If your kitten tests positive for FIV, we will discuss expectations moving forward.

 

If Your Kitten Has a Negative FeLV and FIV Test,

Your Kitten Will Be Provided Booster Shots for the Following Vaccinations:

  • Rhinotracheitis: This disease is triggered by the feline herpes virus and if left untreated, it causes starvation, dehydration, and eventually death.

  • Calicivirus: Kittens are particularly susceptible to this disease of the respiratory system which can also cause mouth ulcers and develop into pneumonia if left untreated.

  • Panleukopenia: Also known as feline distemper or parvovirus, panleuokopenia affects nearly all cats. It develops extremely fast and can kill a kitten within 12 hours upon contraction without immediate medical intervention.

 

The three-in-one combination vaccine known as 1-HCP or FVRCP, immunizes kittens against these illnesses. It's administered as a shot to kittens beginning at 6 weeks old and repeated at 9 and 12 weeks old.  Kittens have passive immunity from antibody absorption from their mother through the intestine for 24-48 hours after birth.  This protects them against the diseases during the first few weeks of life but they do need to build longer-lasting active immunity in order to remain protected against these diseases.  Because it is impossible to predict when a kitten will lose its short-term immunity, a series of vaccines spaced at regular intervals boost the cat's chances of developing active immunity. This aim is to administer vaccines at 6 weeks, 9 weeks, and 12 weeks during the critical window after the kitten loses maternal immunity before exposure to infectious disease.

Your Kitten Will Be Provided the First Vaccination for the Following Diseases

  • Feline Chlamydia: Chlamydiosis refers to a bacteria based chronic respiratory infection. Cats that have developed this infection will often exhibit traditional signs of an upper respiratory infections, such as watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing.  With treatment, the prognosis is positive. While there is a higher prevalence of this infection in kittens, this condition is present in all ages and breeds. cats that are kept in crowded quarters with other animals have an increased risk. Added to the risk is the ease with which this bacteria travels. Transmission can take place even without direct contact with an infected animal, as the molecules from a cough or sneeze can travel across a room, a human caretaker can carry the bacteria and spread it by touch, or the cat may come into contact with a contaminated object, such as in a bedding or feeding area. If contracted, antibiotic treatment is provided and can span up to 6 weeks of treatment. There is no preventative measure that can be taken for this medical issue, but vaccinations can help to reduce the severity of outbreaks when they do occur.

  • Feline Leukemia: FeLV vaccines prevent viral shedding and progressive infection and decrease the opportunity for at-risk cats to become infected or seriously ill. 

 FLEA CONTROL

PRESCRIPTION PRODUCTS AVAILABLE FOR KITTENS 8 WEEKS OF AGE AND OLDER

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SPEAK WITH US TODAY ABOUT PRESCRIPTION FLEA CONTROL OPTIONS FOR YOUR PET

 Dr. Carter can assist you with finding the best, long-lasting, veterinary prescription flea control for your kitten that meets your individual needs.  Choosing the right product can be done with confidence and doesn't have to be a stressful experience with the right guidance.  Always administer flea prevention to your pets year-round to fully protect them from parasites.  Even if your pet doesn't spend a significant amount of time outdoors, they are still at risk for acquiring fleas.  Humans can also unknowingly carry fleas inside the house either on their clothing or shoes.  It's easy for fleas to attack and feed on your pet.

Prescription flea controls are only available by prescription from a veterinarian and are not available for over-the-counter sales without a prescription.  They protect kittens by killing any fleas that latch onto your kitten's skin.  Once on your kitten, these blood-thirsty parasites feed on your kitten's blood and can cause anemia, in severe cases which can be fatal.  Fleas are also the host for tapeworms.  If your kitten eats a flea infected with tapeworms, your kitten can then acquire tapeworms.  These intestinal parasites cause itchiness and irritation around the anus.

WELLNESS VISIT
12 WEEKS OLD

$79.46 for 12 Week Vaccines (1-HCVCh, FeLV, and Rabies) and deworming using prescription strength medication for hookworms and roundworms.

If your pet has not had a general health and wellness exam previously performed by Dr. Jim Carter of Carter Veterinary Clinic and/or your prior vaccinations were performed by another veterinarian or breeder, there is a mandatory $28.00 wellness examination fee that will be added to the cost of your 12 week old kitten vaccination visit. Carter Veterinary Clinic only charges for one veterinarian wellness and general health examination throughout the entire puppy wellness vaccination visits to keep vaccinations as affordable as possible and also to enable us to prescribe prescription parasite products.  Additionally, if your pet did not receive the FeLV and FIV test at 9 weeks, we will add the tests to your 12 week visit at an additional cost in the amount of $38.63. We will proceed forward with vaccines if negative test results are obtained.  For more information on the FeLV and FIV tests, please review the 9 week vaccination visit information on this page by scrolling up.

Did you know that all owned kittens are required by Georgia Law to be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian using approved vaccines in accordance with the national Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control?  This is why the 12 week wellness visit is so important.  Your kitten will receive the first rabies vaccination.  We will issue a rabies certificate for your records and also assign a rabies tag to be worn on your kitten's collar.  The rabies tag has also helped countless pets be reunited with their families.  We store your pet's tag number in our system which can assist with the return of your kitten if lost. 

VACCINATIONS PROVIDED:
1-HCVCh + FeLV + RABIES

PRESCRIPTION
FLEA
PRODUCTS

PRESCRIPTION 
DEWORMER
ADMINISTERED

What are the 1-HCVCh + FeLV + Rabies Vaccinations?

  • Rhinotracheitis: This disease is triggered by the feline herpes virus and if left untreated, it causes starvation, dehydration, and eventually death.

  • Calicivirus: Kittens are particularly susceptible to this disease of the respiratory system which can also cause mouth ulcers and develop into pneumonia if left untreated.

  • Panleukopenia: Also known as feline distemper or parvovirus, panleuokopenia affects nearly all cats. It develops extremely fast and can kill a kitten within 12 hours upon contraction without immediate medical intervention.

 

The three-in-one combination vaccine known as 1-HCP or FVRCP, immunizes kittens against these illnesses. It's administered as a shot to kittens beginning at 6 weeks old and repeated at 9 and 12 weeks old.  Kittens have passive immunity from antibody absorption from their mother through the intestine for 24-48 hours after birth.  This protects them against the diseases during the first few weeks of life but they do need to build longer-lasting active immunity in order to remain protected against these diseases.  Because it is impossible to predict when a kitten will lose its short-term immunity, a series of vaccines spaced at regular intervals boost the cat's chances of developing active immunity. This aim is to administer vaccines at 6 weeks, 9 weeks, and 12 weeks during the critical window after the kitten loses maternal immunity before exposure to infectious disease.

  • Feline Chlamydia: Chlamydiosis refers to a bacteria based chronic respiratory infection. Cats that have developed this infection will often exhibit traditional signs of an upper respiratory infections, such as watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing.  With treatment, the prognosis is positive. While there is a higher prevalence of this infection in kittens, this condition is present in all ages and breeds. cats that are kept in crowded quarters with other animals have an increased risk. Added to the risk is the ease with which this bacteria travels. Transmission can take place even without direct contact with an infected animal, as the molecules from a cough or sneeze can travel across a room, a human caretaker can carry the bacteria and spread it by touch, or the cat may come into contact with a contaminated object, such as in a bedding or feeding area. If contracted, antibiotic treatment is provided and can span up to 6 weeks of treatment. There is no preventative measure that can be taken for this medical issue, but vaccinations can help to reduce the severity of outbreaks when they do occur.

  • Feline Leukemia: FeLV vaccines prevent viral shedding and progressive infection and decrease the opportunity for at-risk cats to become infected or seriously ill. 

Your Kitten Will Be Provided the First Vaccination for the Following Diseases

  • RABIES: This is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system.  The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. Less commonly, rabies can be transmitted when saliva from a rabid animal comes into contact with an open cut on the skin or the eyes, nose, or mouth of a person or animal. Once the outward signs of the disease appear, rabies is nearly always fatal.  There is no treatment and 59,000 human lives are lost annually due to this disease that can be prevented through timely vaccination.

PLEASE CONSIDER MICROCHIPPING

FOR ALL PETS BEGINNING AT THE AGE OF 6 WEEKS AND OLDER

Carter Veterinary Clinic encourages you to consider microchipping your pet.  Microchipping is the only unique, unalterable, tamper-proof, permanent form of identification that owners can provide for their beloved companions. If your pet is found, shelters and veterinarians can scan your pet for the unique microchip number and ultimately reunite you with your pet.  We proudly use DATAMARS microchips. Dr. Carter understands the importance of microchips and he has prepaid the enrollment fees for you to ensure your pet is listed in the national database for life of your pet.  There are no hidden costs or additional fees beyond the affordable purchase of the chip ($45).  These chips are also recognized internationally as well.  Find peace of mind today and provide your pet with a silent voice.​

 

*Microchipping is a free service if your pet is covered by

Pumpkin Health Insurance

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6 MONTHS
SPAY OR NEUTER

SPAYING & NEUTERING

RECOMMENDED AGE IS

6 MONTHS OLD FOR MALES AND FEMALES

Spaying and neutering has benefits beyond unwanted reproduction.  In females, if spayed before the first heat cycle, the occurrence of future breast cancer cases is reduced by 90%.  In males, you completely reduce concerns of testicular cancer, testicular torsion, and the unwanted behavioral concerns that plague 

in-tact males, such as constant urinating to mark territory, roaming, and aggression.  It has been proven by numerous studies that spayed or neutered pets live longer, healthier lives.  That's a WIN for everyone!

PLEASE MAKE YOUR SPAY OR NEUTER SURGERY APPOINTMENT

3-4 MONTHS IN ADVANCE

DUE TO THE NUMBER OF BOOKINGS ALREADY ON OUR SURGERY SCHEDULE

Carter Veterinary Clinic - Spay/Neuter your Pet
Grey Kitten

CATS 6 MONTHS AND OLDER HAVE MORE OPTIONS


 

NEW Prescription Flea Medications

ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO YOUR CAT

Now that your kitten has reached the age of 6 months or older, we are able to offer more options for your pet's flea and parasite needs

Affordable topical flea, tick, and parasite control that lasts a full 8 weeks with just ONE dose!  

How is that for convenient?!

Your Puppy is now an adult!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

You made it!  Throw YOURSELF and the POOCH a party because you leaped through puppyhood with flying colors!  As an official adult, you can now learn what's needed to ensure exceptional health for your dog in the adult years by clicking the link below.  Always contact us with any questions at any time!

HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR ANNUAL VACCINATION APPOINTMENT?
 

CHANGE FROM PUPPY FOOD TO ADULT FOOD AT 12 MONTHS OLD

CONTINUE PRESCRIPTION HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE MEDICATION

CONTINUE PRESCRIPTION FLEA AND TICK  
PREVENTATIVE MEDICATION

CALL US AT ANY TIME REGARDING QUESTIONS ABOUT CARE

12 MONTHS OLD
OFFICIALLY AN ADULT!

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