The annual health assessment is the 'NCT' for your beloved cat. All cats should have an annual health check. This is especially important in young kittens and in our older friends. Cats age faster than we do, so a lot can happen in just one year. Hence, an annual check enables us to find small problems, before they become big ones! Conditions like dental disease, kidney or thyroid disease and arthritis can be detected and treated early, thus preventing rapid deterioration and prolonging your cat's life. Cats don't always tell us when they are in pain and so a regular check can ensure that we recognise sources of pain, such as a tooth ache, and remedy them. Early diagnosis is key to successful outcomes.
During you cat's annual health check we examine his or her eyes, ears, nose, teeth and gums, heart and lungs, joints, weight, coat and nails. Further to this, we will feel their belly, looking for any abnormalities in size and shape or any pain in the internal organs. Any abnormalities found during this check up will be discussed and investigated where appropriate.
Prevention is always better than the cure. That is why we vaccinate. All of the diseases we vaccinate against can be fatal and some of them have no cure.
Just One Injection
In our standard vaccination, there are a number of different diseases covered, all in one shot. They are 'cat 'flu' (feline herpesvirus and calicivirus), feline enteritis (panleukopenia virus) and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV). Some situations require a different vaccination protocol, such as breeding catteries or show cats, and these can be tailored on an individual basis. Vaccination is the most effective way of protecting your furry friend.
Vaccination can begin as young as 6 weeks old in some circumstances, but more typically we like to give the first vaccine at 8-9 weeks old, and the second 3-4 weeks later. Protection is not complete until two weeks after the second vaccination.
Annual boosters are required to maintain immunity against the diseases in the vaccines. Most cats will encounter cat 'flu and FeLV on a regular basis and so maintaining their immunity is essential.
Vaccination is very safe. As with all drugs there is a tiny possibility of side effects. However, the benefits of vaccination far out-weigh the risk of side effects.
When travelling abroad, it is usually necessary to vaccinate your cat against Rabies. Your destination will determine what vaccinations, and possibly blood tests, are required. Please see our information on the Pet Passport Scheme for more information.
If you are the one travelling, and your cat needs to come for a holiday in our cattery, he or she will need to be up to date with regular vaccines. If your cat is not staying with us, you will find that all reputable kennels will require that your cat is fully vaccinated and will need a signed veterinary certificate to prove it. In any case, just call, we can help!
Dublins First Cat Only Veterinary Clinic; Just Cats Veterinary Clinic, Coolmine, Clonsilla, Dublin 15.
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