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Wellness Guidelines by Species and Age

This sheet will prepare you for what to expect at your pet’s routine examinations. Based on the doctor’s physical assessment of your pet, more services or products may be recommended.

  • Cats:
    • Kittens:
      • Vaccines every 2-4 weeks starting at 6-8 weeks of age
      • Need at least 2 doses of FVRCP (Feline Distemper vaccine) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia vaccine)
        • FeLV is optional for indoor cats, but highly recommended if they are prone to escaping or have contact with other cats whose vaccine history is unknown.
      • Final vaccines around 16 weeks of age
      • FeLV/FIV test  (Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS)
      • Fecal testing for intestinal parasites
      • At least 2-3 dewormings
    • Young cats <9 years:
      • Fecal testing for intestinal parasites every 6-12 months (6 for outdoor, 12 for indoor only)
      • Deworming every 6 months (or more often if needed)
      • FVRCP (Feline Distemper vaccine) every 1-3 years (1 year for outdoor cats, 3 years for indoor only)
      • FeLV (Feline Leukemia vaccine) annually (for the pets that get it)
      • Rabies annually (not labeled for protection after 1 year, legally can't be extended)
      • Simple bloodwork every other year
        • FeLV/FIV test should be done once after initial kitten test, and done annually for outdoor cats
    • Senior cats >9 years:
      • Fecal testing for intestinal parasites every 6-12 months (6 for outdoor, 12 for indoor only)
      • Deworming every 6 months
      • FVRCP (Feline Distemper vaccine), FeLV (Feline Leukemia vaccine), Rabies should be done following the same guidelines as with young cats.
        • For much older cats the doctor may extend the FVRCP and FeLV vaccinations to 3 year vaccines.
      • Comprehensive bloodwork/urinalysis annually
        • Add FeLV/FIV test for outdoor cats
    • Cats with chronic illnesses (i.e. renal failure, hyperthyroidism, etc.)
      • Bloodwork every 3-6 months
      • May need blood pressure check
      • May need radiographs
      • Vaccine schedule may be adjusted by the doctor
      • Fecal testing for intestinal parasites and deworming same as healthy pets
    • Cats on medications such as cyclosporine, methimazole, etc. will need bloodwork done every 6 months in order to get refills.
  • Dogs:
    • Puppies
      • Vaccines every 2-4 weeks
      • Leptospirosis only for large breed dogs or high risk small breeds
      • Need at least 2 doses of DHPP, Leptospirosis vaccines
      • Final vaccines at 16 weeks OR AFTER (not before)
      • Shouldn't be allowed outdoors until final vaccines (at high risk for Parvo) unless owner has their own enclosed yard.
      • Fecal testing for intestinal parasites
      • At least 2-3 dewormings
    • Young dogs <7-9 years (depending on breed, larger breeds age faster)
      • Fecal testing for intestinal parasites every 6 months
      • Deworming every 6 months (or more if needed)
      • DHPP every 1-3 years (depending on risk – to be determined by the doctor)
      • Bordetella annually (for those who choose to do this vaccine)
        • Kennel cough vaccine
      • Leptospirosis vaccine annually (for those pets that get this vaccine)
      • Rabies vaccine every 1-3 years (first documented rabies vaccine is good for 1 year, then boostered every 3 years after that)
      • Other vaccines we carry: Lyme and Rattlesnake
        • Only given to high risk dogs
      • Simple bloodwork every other year
        • Heartworm test every 1-2 years. Our requirement is every other year, however, if owner's want to have their pet covered by Heartgard's guarantee then the pet needs annual testing.
          • Heartgard guarantees that if their product is given as labeled every month without stopping, and they receive annual heartworm tests then Heartgard will pay for heartworm treatment should your pet contract the disease.
    • Senior dogs >7-9 years:
      • Fecal testing for intestinal parasites and deworming every 6 months
      • Vaccines – follow same guidelines as with young dogs
        • The doctor may extend DHPP, Lepto vaccines for much older dogs
      • Comprehensive bloodwork and urinalysis every year
    • Dogs with chronic illness/discomfort (hypothyroidism, arthritis, live issues, etc)
      • Bloodwork every 3-6 months
      • May need blood pressure check
      • May need radiographs
      • Vaccine schedule may be adjusted by the doctor
      • Fecal testing and deworming same as healthy pets
    • Dogs on medications such as rimadyl, phenobarbital, soloxine, cyclosporine, etc. will need bloodwork every 6 months in order to ensure the pet isn’t having any negative side effects from the medication, and make sure drug dosage is adequate and doesn’t require adjustment.

Wellness guidelines vary from hospital to hospital (even from doctor to doctor within hospitals). We always let our clients know everything we recommend to ensure their pet is getting the best care possible. Our technicians provide you with an estimate after the doctor’s examination complete with all of his current and future recommendations. We understand that every owner has different beliefs, budgets, etc. Let our staff know any concerns you have regarding our recommendations or costs and we can work with you to prioritize your pets care in a way that fits your budget and belief. For an appointment, call University Veterinary Hospital at 510-841-4412.

 


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