Animal Clinic of Holland, PLLC Dr. W. James Havenga, DVM
Dr. Kay C. Havenga, DVM
Dr. Susan J. Vanderjagt, DVM
Dr. Allison Emig DVM
(616)396-6543
1106 S. Washington Ave
Holland, MI 49423

HEALTH CARE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CATS & KITTENS

NEW CATS/KITTENS: We strongly encourage testing for Feline Leukemia virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), especially if the new cat or kitten is a stray or from an unknown background. These are devastating diseases which are contagious to other cats.

ALL KITTENS (Vaccine guidelines are from the American Association Of Feline Practitioners):

DECLAWING: If declawing is desired, we recommend it be done at a young age, when the kitten is over two months old and over 2 lbs in body weight. They are admitted for surgery in the morning and spend a minimum of one night. A special paper litter is required following surgery. A long-acting pain medicine is also used.

SPAY/NEUTER: Surgery can be done at 6 months of age. They are admitted for surgery in the morning and go home in the afternoon.

MICROCHIPPING YOUR PET: a great way to protect your pet if lost. A microchip is implanted under the skin between the shoulders, and provides an identification number which is detected with a universal scanner. We can then contact the company for all your registered information.

OUTDOOR CATS: We recommend the Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV) vaccine, which is a series of 3 injections given 2 to 4 weeks apart, followed by yearly boosters. This is a disease commonly spread through bite wounds.

PHYSICAL EXAMS: are important to monitor weight and overall health status and to help detect potential problems early. We recommend at least yearly, with twice yearly preferred, especially for seniors.

SENIOR CATS: This would be a good time to start doing twice yearly physical exams and doing lab work regularly to pick up potential health problems early. Tests that might be performed: thyroid function, complete blood count, chemistry screen and urinalysis.

We recommend that cats receive heartworm prevention. We also recommend flea and tick prevention, if applicable.

If your cat transitions from staying indoors to going outside some or all of the time, please contact us for vaccine recommendations to help us protect your pet's health.

OUR HOURS:

OUR LOCATION:

Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 8:00 AM- 5:30 PM
Tues 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
SAT 8:00 AM - NOON

Call us today at (616) 396 - 6543 to set up an appointment for your four-legged friend!.

Payment is expected at time of service. For your convenience, we accept the following forms of payment:

Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, CareCredit.

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