When you get a new kitten, you want to keep it as healthy as possible. After you bring your kitten home, it is important to get it a veterinary exam to help prepare your pet for a long and healthy life.
At Oakes, Edgeley, and Ellendale Veterinary Services, we provide routine wellness exams. Our veterinarian, serving Edgeley, Ellendale, and Oakes ND, will ensure that your kitten is healthy. Here are some common questions about kitten wellness exams.
When Should My Kitten Have Its First Exam?
Your kitten's first veterinary exam should occur within a week of getting the cat. Schedule a visit for the first few days if possible to ensure that your pet does not have an underlying illness or issue that could worsen.
What Should I Bring to the Exam?
You should bring all your kitten's paperwork to the exam. This includes documentation of previous vaccines as well as photos or videos that can help share any health concerns you have for your pet. If your kitten seems to exhibit symptoms of certain diseases, our vet may request that you bring a stool sample.
What Happens During the Kitten Exam?
Our veterinarian will do a full-body physical exam of your cat. This involves a brief overview of your kitten to look for signs of obvious issues. Our vet will also look at the eyes and ears, feel the lymph nodes, and listen to the internal organs. In some cases, our vet may request a blood test.
What Vaccines Does a Kitten Need?
If your pet is not up to date on vaccines, our vet can also administer the shots at this time. Several vaccines are crucial to your pet's wellbeing at this age. They include the rabies vaccine and FVRCP vaccine, which prevents feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia.
How Often Should My Pet See a Vet?
Your kitten will need to see our vet several times to catch up on vaccines, but after the series of vaccines is completed, you should bring your cat in for wellness exams once per year. These vaccine appointments also provide your cat with the perfect opportunity to get caught up on annual exams.
Visit Our Low-Cost Vet for a Kitten Exam
At Oakes, Edgeley, and Ellendale Veterinary Services, our veterinarian will make sure your kitten is healthy and guide you on how to care for it. We are happy to answer any questions you have. Call us today to schedule an appointment.