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Feline Life Stages

FELINE LIFE STAGE HEALTH CARE RECOMMENDATIONS

LIFE STAGE

REGULAR HEALTH
CARE

SPECIAL
PROCEDURES

Kitten
< 6mos

¨
Full physical exam

¨
Felv/FIV test at
first visit

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Fecal or deworming

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FVRCP at 8, 12, 16 weeks

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Rabies at 16 weeks

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Felv vaccine at 12
and 16 weeks if going outdoors

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Start heartworm prevention

¨      Start
flea/tick control

·
OHE/Neuter

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Preanesthetic bloodwork and urinalysis

·
Heartworm test if recommended

Adult  – 1 to 7 years

¨
Full physical exam yearly

ü
Formulate appropriate vaccine schedule for
life style

ü
Discuss dental care

¨
Rabies yearly

¨
FVRCP yearly – based on life style

¨
Felv vaccine yearly
if outdoor

¨
Felv/FIV test yearly
if outdoors

¨      Fecal
or deworming yearly

¨      Heart
worm, flea/tick prevention

·
Full screening labwork
at least every 2 years – CBC, Chemistry, electrolytes, thyroid,
urinalysis

·
Alternative vaccine protocol

·
Dental cleaning as needed

·
Heartworm test if recommended

Mature
adult – 7 years to 11 years

¨
Full physical exam every 6 months

ü
Monitor weight changes

ü
Discuss age related diet changes

ü
Modify vaccine schedule appropriate for age
and lifestyle

ü
Discuss dental care

¨
Rabies yearly

¨
FVRCP yearly – based on life style

¨
Felv vaccine yearly
if outdoors

¨
Felv/FIV test yearly
if outdoors

¨      Fecal
or deworming yearly

¨      Heartworm,
flea/tick prevention

·
Full bloodwork
yearly (CBC, chemistry, electrolytes, thyroid, urinalysis)

·
Blood pressure measurement yearly

·
Alternative vaccine protocol

·
Screening thoracic and abdominal radiographs

·
Dental cleaning as needed

·
Heartworm test if recommended

Golden
years  >11 years

¨
Full physical exam every 6 months

ü
Monitor weight changes

ü
Discuss age related diet changes

ü
Discuss any changes in behavior, appetite,
water intake

ü
Discuss appropriate vaccine schedule

ü
Discuss ongoing health problems

ü
Discuss dental care

¨
Felv/FIV test yearly
if outdoors

¨      Fecal
or deworming yearly

¨      Heartworm,
flea/tick prevention

·
Full labwork yearly (CBC, chemistry, electrolytes, thyroid,
urinalysis)

·
Blood pressure
measurement yearly

·
Alternative vaccine protocol

·
Thoracic and abdominal radiographs yearly

·
Dental cleaning as needed

·
Heartworm test if recommended