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Feline Vaccine/Testing Protocol
What to expect in the years to come

KITTEN VISITS:

We recommend your kitten be examined within 72 hours of adoption. Once the initial distemper vaccine is given, we will need to see him or her every three to four weeks after, until the vaccination series is complete.

1st visit (6-9 weeks of age)

  • Physical Examination
  • Feline Aids, Leukemia and Heartworm Test (FELV/FIV/HWT)
  • 1st Distemper Vaccine (rtcp kitten)
  • Deworming (Strongid)
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Single dose of Heartworm (HWP) and Flea and Tick Preventative (FTP)

2nd visit (9-12 weeks of age)

  • Physical Examination
  • 2nd Distemper Vaccine (rtcp kitten)
  • 1st Leukemia Vaccine
  • Single dose of HWP and FTP

3rd visit (12-15 weeks)

  • Physical Examination
  • 3rd Distemper Vaccine (Good for 1 year/rtcp young)
  • 2nd Leukemia Vaccine (Good for 1 year)
  • Rabies Vaccine (Good for 1 year)
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Single Dose HWP and FTP

*General guidelines. Your Veterinarian may adjust this schedule for your pet.*

Your cat must stay on heartworm preventative year round. As a kitten, you will need to come in every month to weigh your pet. We will dispense single doses until your pet has reached his or her full weight. At that time, we will dispense a larger supply.

We also recommend your cat stay on a flea and tick preventative year round if they go outside.

We usually recommend kittens are spayed or neutered between 4-6 months of age. Blood testing will need to be done prior to any surgeries.

A physical examination will be required at least once a year. Vaccines, tests, or medications may not be administered unless your pet has been examined.

Your pet will need to be tested for intestinal parasites once a year.

Any time your pet's food is changed, they must be slowly introduced to the new food. We recommend you gradually increase the new food and decrease the old food over the course of one week. Most cats begin transitioning to an adult blend between 9-12 months of age. Please discuss any dietary changes with your veterinarian.

During your pet's lifetime, he or she may require at least one, if not regular, dental cleanings, which is done under anesthesia. The teeth are scaled and polished to remove tarter and finished with a fluoride treatment. Dental cleanings are imperative because oral infections increases tonsillitis and pharyngitis can also occur. In addition, the bacteria are absorbed into the blood stream and can be carried to other organs. Heart valve infections (endocardiosis or endocarditis), kidney and liver problems are frequently due to bad teeth. We recommend regular brushing and chew toys and treats for maintenance purposes.

YOUNG ADULT AND ADULT VISITS:

Wellness 1 Year Visit (Performed one year from initial Rabies Vaccine)

  • Physical Examination
  • Distemper Vaccine (Good for 1 year/rtcp young)
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Leukemia Vaccine (for cats who go outside)
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Refill of Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventatives

Wellness Young Adult Visit (2 years of age)

  • Physical Examination
  • Distemper Vaccine (Good for 3 years/rtcp adult)
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Leukemia Vaccine (for cats who go outside)
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Refill of Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventatives

Wellness Young Adult Visit (3-6 years of age)

  • Physical Examination
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Leukemia Vaccine (for cats who go outside)
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Refill of Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventatives
  • (Distemper Vaccines will be administered when due)

Senior Visits (7 years of age and older)

  • Physical Examination (Every 6 months)
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • Leukemia Vaccine
  • Fecal Check for Intestinal Parasites
  • Geriatric Blood Testing (Annual)
  • X-Rays are recommended annually
  • Refill of Heartworm and Flea/Tick Preventatives
  • (Distemper Vaccines will be administered when due)

Exclusive Offer

New Clients receive 50% OFF first exam.*

*Vaccines, medications, and laboratory tests are additional.

*Limit one per household.

Sign-up using the form or call us at 703-670-6181 (Dale City) or 703-339-7725 (Gunston) to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Office Hours

Dale City Animal Hospital

Day
Monday 7:30am 7:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am 7:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am 6:00pm
Thursday 7:30am 8:00pm
Friday 7:30am 6:00pm
Saturday 7:30am 1:00pm
Sunday Closed Closed

Dale City Animal Hospital

Day
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am Closed
7:00pm 7:00pm 6:00pm 8:00pm 6:00pm 1:00pm Closed

 
Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30 -12:00 7:30 - 12:00 7:30 - 12:00 7:30 - 12:00 7:30 - 12:00 7:30 - 12:00 Closed
12:00 - 7:00 12:00 - 7:00 12:00 - 6:00 12:00 - 8:00 12:00 - 6:00 12:00 - 1:00 Closed

Gunston Animal Hospital

Day
Monday 7:30am 6:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am 6:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am 7:00pm
Thursday 7:30am 7:00pm
Friday 7:30am 7:00pm
Saturday 7:30am 1:00pm
Sunday Closed Closed

Gunston Animal Hospital

Day
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am 7:30am Closed
6:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 1:00pm Closed

* By Appointment Only. Appointment hours vary. Please call us to inquire.