Kittens do a tremendous amount of growing in their first six months – the human equivalent of a child reaching the age of 10! Because of this, we recommend kittens be thoroughly examined and vaccinated monthly from 8 weeks of age to 16 weeks of age. A series of recommended vaccinations would include certain core vaccines such as rabies and feline distemper (panleukopenia). Depending upon your kitten’s environment, exposure and planned lifestyle, there are other vaccinations our veterinarians may recommend to keep your pet healthy and happy. You can read about them in this website!
In addition to regular wellness exams and vaccinations, all kittens should have a fecal sample tested for intestinal parasites. Roundworms, the most common intestinal worm of kittens, can cause diarrhea, vomiting, unthriftiness, and a host of other symptoms. Our fecal test checks for multiple types of intestinal parasites as well as giardia, a diarrhea-causing microorganism. Many kittens are born with intestinal parasites, and their evidence is usually not visible to the naked eye even in the stool sample; that is why we perform a microscopic exam.
During your kitten’s wellness exams, our doctors will discuss – or answer any questions about – such things as behavior, litterbox training, special dietary needs, etc. These first few months are very important to the healthy growth and development of your newest family member, and our goal is to help make them as enjoyable and free of care as possible.