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The following is our YVC Checklist for kitten preventive healthcare. There are alternatives to these services and products and their timing, and we always create a specific plan to match the needs of each kitten and desires of their owners.
KITTEN EXAM / OFFICE VISIT Beginning at 6 to 8 weeks old, one exam/office visit every 3 to 4 weeks until 12 weeks or older. In addition to a comprehensive physical exam we review the kitten's behavior and nutrition, and answer the owner's questions.
FELINE LEUKEMIA AND AIDS VIRUS TEST We recommend this blood test for kittens unless they came from a controlled breeding situation with parents who are known to be negative for these diseases.
INTESTINAL PARASITES One fecal test at 8 weeks or older, even if the kitten has already received a dewormer, and routine deworming at the time of each kitten exam / office visit.
TICK AND FLEA CONTROL We begin monthly year-round preventive at 8 weeks old with Frontline, Revolution Plus, or other medication.
FVRCP The first FVRCP (aka "distemper-upper respiratory" or "kitten shot") is given at 6 to 8 weeks old. It is given once every 3 to 4 weeks until the kitten is 16 weeks or older. It is boostered in 1 year then once every 3 years.
LEUKEMIA The first leukemia vaccine is given at 8 weeks old. It is boostered in 2 to 4 weeks and then once yearly.
SPAY / NEUTER We recommend all kittens not intended for breeding be spayed or neutered. We often do this at 4 to 6 months old, coinciding with the last kitten exam and vaccines.
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