by Merck Animal Health
There are many infectious diseases and parasites that kittens can get. Fortunately, many of these can be prevented. Below is a very brief review to help you better understand your pet’s care.
Make an appointment to see your veterinarian ASAP – ideally within the first 48-72 hours of bringing your pet home.
Take a fecal sample and all records that you have
The veterinarian and staff will recommend all appropriate preventative care and testing that we will discuss below
A complete exam will be done to identify any health concerns such as congenital or infectious diseases
Kittens – fecal exam and blood test for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus testing
Herpes Virus – Feline Rhinotracheitis
Transmitted by direct of aerosolized virus particles from nasal or oral secretions
Transmitted by direct contact with virus containing feces or indirectly with contaminated equipment, environment etc.
Can cause acute death and birth defects
Caused by Feline Leukemia Virus
Cause of most disease related deaths in cats
Transmitted by direct contact or contact with contaminated bowls etc.
Can be transmitted from mother
Caused by rabies virus
Transmitted by the bite of an infected animal
Can be transmitted to humans
Preventative parasite control
Internal and external parasite control
Fleas and ticks
Intestinal and blood parasites (worms)
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