Years of running, jumping and walking take a toll on your pet's joints. When your once energetic cat or dog starts to slows down or appears to be in pain, osteoarthritis may be to blame. The disea ...View Article
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First Well Kitten Examination and Consultation includes a thorough physical examination and consultation time with the veterinarian. Dr. Janssen encourages you to bring a list of questions so that he may answer them for you. We take the time to help you understand the needs and quirks of your new friend.
We recommend vaccinating against the following common illnesses: Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia (Distemper), Calicivirus, and Chlamydia. The Feline Leukemia vaccine that we use has been shown to be the most effective. Vaccination against rabies, which is required by law, may be given if your kitten is over four months of age.
We recommend that all kittens that have not been tested for the Feline Leukemia Virus and the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus be checked for both illnesses. Both of these diseases are present in this area and are potentially fatal. There is no cure for either of them. A positive blood test for either would be grounds for returning the kitten to the seller. (In order to avoid unnecessary heartache, we recommend that you bring your new kitten directly from the pet store, breeder or Humane Society to a veterinarian for examination.).
Three to four weeks after the first set of vaccinations, your kitten will need booster shots of the original vaccinations: Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia (Distemper), Calicivirus, and Chlamydia. A booster of the Feline Leukemia vaccination is also available. During this time your kitten is growing quickly and it is important to keep a close eye on its health. Therefore, Dr. Janssen again thoroughly examines your pet and vaccinates it only if there are no problems which may diminish the effectiveness of the vaccines. The second Well Kitten Exam includes twenty minutes of consultation time as well as the physical examination.
A third set of vaccinations may be necessary in some cases. This set is usually administered three to four weeks after the second set. Dr. Janssen will do a final thorough examination and answer any questions. The third Well Kitten Exam and Consultation includes up to twenty minutes of consultation time. Your kitten will now be protected against most transmissible diseases for one year.
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Vaccines work by stimulating the same cells in the body's immune system that a viral or bacterial disease would. Once these cells have been stimulated, they reproduce themselves and form a population of cells specifically dedicated to fighting one disease. A second vaccine, given after this population of cells has had time to form, BOOSTS the activity of these cells, greatly increasing their ability at fighting the disease. Not only are they more active at fighting specific diseases, but some of them become what are known as memory cells, which are long lived and have the ability to "remember" that certain disease entities must be attacked. Even memory cells eventually die off though, unless they are periodically exposed to their disease, or a vaccine of the disease. Please understand that vaccinations that are stored or given incorrectly, or are given to pets that are not in good health, may NOT provide adequate immunity.
The examination, and the vaccinations given by trained personnel, help to ensure that your pet is provided with the level of protection that you expect - the best!
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