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5371 Merchants View Square
Haymarket, VA 20169

Dominion Valley Animal Hospital

Kitten Care at DVAH

Kitten Wellness Care Is Important!

Feline Medicine

All of us at DVAH are excited to meet your new kitten and welcome them into our family! Having a kitten can be a joyous experience and our staff will make sure that your kitten receives the care they need to grow up healthy and strong. If you have any questions regarding bringing your kitten home, integrating the kitten with other house cats, or preparing your home for your new kitten please give us a call.

The first wellness exam is important to establish the age and health of your kitten, so please bring your kitten in for a checkup as soon as possible. Premature and young kittens may suffer more from medical issues as their immune system is not yet mature, and may be more susceptible to certain medical problems. Kittens that have not had adequate medical care prior to adoption or acquisition may have pre-existing conditions that need to be addressed. The kitten exam will ensure your companion will be on the way to growing up healthy and strong. If acquired from breeder or cattery, please bring records along.

Your Kitten’s First Visit

We ask that you bring the health information provided to you by the seller or shelter on your first visit with us, which should include a previous history of vaccines and deworming, as well as a fresh stool sample.  Please bring your kitten in a cat carrier that opens from the top.

During your kitten’s initial visit, we will perform a comprehensive examination and examine your kitten for intestinal parasites. Kittens need a series of vaccinations in the first year of life to protect them from preventable serious diseases, and we will develop a vaccination schedule specifically for your kitten. We will address any questions you have concerning care for your kitten, such as diet and nutrition, behavioral issues, integrating the new kitten into your home, and litter box training.

Your kitten’s first exam will include:

  • A comprehensive physical exam
  • Intestinal parasite screening
  • Intestinal parasite deworming (if necessary)
  • Vaccines based on your kitten’s lifestyle, FeLV/FIV test
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Recommendations for controlling and preventing external parasite such as flea and ticks
  • Behavior and litter box recommendations
  • Nutritional counseling

Vaccines and Your Kitten

We believe in designing a personalized vaccine protocol for each kitten to maximize the protection against any diseases your kitten is likely to be exposed to. There are many diseases that are preventable through the judicious use of vaccines, so it is important to vaccinate your kitten against the diseases to which he or she may be exposed.

Dental Care for Your Kitten

During your kitten’s wellness visit, we will discuss at home dental care with you and show you how to gradually start brushing your kitten’s teeth. Regular at home teeth brushing throughout your cat’s lifetime is the best way to prevent periodontitis and serious dental disease. Starting early is the best prevention. Once your kitten gets used to teeth brushing, he or she may even look forward to having their teeth brushed at home on a regular basis.

Signs That Your Kitten Needs Immediate Medical Attention

Please be alert to the following symptoms, which may be signs that your kitten needs immediate care:

  • Respiratory problems: persistent coughing, shortness of breath, labored breathing, shallow breathing, or excessively rapid or slow breathing.
  • Runny eyes, eye discharge or redness.
  • Signs of pain:  panting, labored breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, hiding, restlessness, loss of appetite, reacting aggressively when touched or approached, crying.
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • A wound or laceration that's open and bleeding
  • Animal bites
  • Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, hives, or severe itchiness.
  • An eye injury, no matter how mild
  • Seizure, fainting, or collapse, difficulty standing or getting up, blank stare, disorientation
  • Exposure to extreme cold or heat, even if the kitten seems to have recovered
  • Trauma such as getting hit by a vehicle or falling, even if the kitten does not appear to have been physically harmed
  • Suspected poisoning

Please contact us immediately if your kitten is experiencing any of these symptoms.

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