Southtowns Animal Hospital

154 Orchard Park Road
West Seneca, NY 14224

(716)824-4108

southtownsanimalhospital.com

Your Kittens 1st Year Visit Checklist

Visit # 1: 8 weeks old

  • Wellness Exam
  • Distemper Vaccine #1- to protect against deadly viruses
  • Stool Sample- to check for intestinal parasite
  • Pyrantel- dewormer  
  • Feline Leukemia AIDS Test  
  • Revolution- to prevent against ear mites, heartworm, fleas and intestinal parasites                                                  

At your first visit the doctor will examine your new kitten from head to tail, this includes checking: eyes, ears, mouth, heart, gait, skin, lymph nodes, musculoskeletal, neurological responses, respiratory (lungs), gastrointestinal and urogenital areas via palpation. They will also review proper feeding and basic kitten care and litter training. The doctor will discuss their findings with you and be able to answer any questions you may have. It may be a good idea to write down any questions that may arise at home and bring them with you to your visit. Your next appointment will be in 3-4 weeks.  

Visit # 2: 12 weeks old

  • Wellness Exam
  • Distemper Vaccine #2- to protect against deadly viruses
  • Stool Sample- to check for intestinal parasite **If you did not bring to a visit already.**
  • Drontal Tablet #1- dewormer
  • Revolution- to prevent against ear mites, heartworm, fleas and intestinal parasites

At your second visit the doctor will examine your kitten from head to tail, this includes checking: eyes, ears, mouth, heart, gait, skin, lymph nodes, musculoskeletal, neurological responses, respiratory (lungs), gastrointestinal and urogenital areas via palpation. They will also review how everything is going and discuss how litter training has been going. The doctor will discuss their findings with you and be able to answer any questions you may have. It may be a good idea to write down any questions that may arise at home and bring them with you to your visit. Your next appointment will be in 3-4 weeks.

Visit # 3: 16 weeks old

  • Wellness Exam
  • Distemper Vaccine #3- to protect against deadly viruses and will be good for 1 year.
  • Rabies Vaccine- Required by NYS law, and will be good for 1 year
  • Stool Sample- to check for intestinal parasite **If you did not bring to a visit already.**
  • Drontal Tablet #2- dewormer
  • Revolution- to prevent against ear mites, heartworm, fleas and intestinal parasites

At your third visit the doctor will examine your kitten from head to tail, this includes checking: eyes, ears, mouth, heart, gait, skin, lymph nodes, musculoskeletal, neurological responses, respiratory (lungs), gastrointestinal and urogenital via palpation. They will also review how everything is going and discuss how litter training has been going. The doctor will discuss their findings with you and be able to answer any questions you may have. It may be a good idea to write down any questions that may arise at home and bring them with you to your visit. Your next appointment will be around 5-6 months of age for a pre-operative visit for spay or neuter.

 

                                                                                      

Visit # 4: 5-6 Months of Age

  • Pre-Operative Exam
  • Pre-Anesthetic bloodwork- to make sure your pets organs are healthy and there are no underlying issues. We want to make sure your pet can properly metabolize the anesthesia.

At your pre-op visit the doctor will examine your kitten from head to tail, this includes checking: eyes, ears, mouth, heart, gait, skin, lymph nodes, musculoskeletal, neurological responses, respiratory (lungs), gastrointestinal and urogenital via palpation. The doctor will do a thorough exam of the mouth and make sure all of your pets baby teeth have fallen out, if not they may discuss removing them at the time of surgery. One of the technicians or assistants will take your pet back into the treatment room to draw blood and we will run the lab work right here in the hospital. You can expect a call back from the doctor in 48 hours with the results. An itemized estimate will be presented to you to sign. The doctor will be able to ask any questions you may have. Your next appointment will be in 1-2 weeks for the spay or neuter surgery.

Visit #5: 5-6 Months of Age

  • Spay or Neuter surgery

At this visit you will bring your pet to the office at your scheduled time between 7:30a and 9:00a for admission. You will meet with a technician who will review the estimate and answer any questions you may have. They will then bring you to the front desk to leave a half down deposit. You can feel free to call throughout the day to get an update on how your kitten is doing. The doctor should call you when the procedure is done. Your pet may be scheduled for their procedure any time from late morning to late afternoon. There are multiple surgeries scheduled for the day and the procedures are completed at different times throughout the day. Your kitten will usually go home between 5:30p-7:30p which you will set up with the receptionist a few hours after the surgery is complete. We want to make sure your pet is able to stand and walk without assistance before we send them home. When you pick your kitten up, you will meet with a technician who will go over all post-operative and at home instructions. Your next appointment will be in 2 weeks for a follow up from surgery with a technician.

Visit # 6: 2 Weeks Post Op:

  • Surgical Follow up Exam- Complementary, at no cost to you

At this visit you will meet with a technician who will take a look at the incision site and make sure it is completely healed and there are no issues that have arose. They will be able to answer any questions you may have at this time as well.

Prevention is the key to protection!

We highly recommend that your pet be on Revolution year round. For the first several months while they are growing we can fill the preventative on a monthly basis while keeping an eye on the weight and growth. After 6-12 months, you can purchase it for 6 to 12 months at a time.

An additional vaccine that we recommend for outdoor cats is the Leukemia vaccine, the series of 2 shots 3-4 weeks apart can be started at 8 weeks of age. Please call if your cat is an outdoor cat for further recommendations regarding this vaccine.