Preventative Care For Your Cat

At Morningside Vet Clinic we understand there is so much to take on board when you have a pet and keeping on top of it all to keep your pet healthy can be a headache. We offer a reminder service that can be sent as a text, via email or by post to help you keep your pet’s preventative care up to date. So just look at our check list below for cats and dogs to make sure you have everything covered:

  • Vaccination – Annually against panleukopenia, calicivirus & rhinotracheitis (referred to as F3) also Feline Immunodeficiency virus (also known as FIV or cat aids)

* Kittens will need 3 vaccines to boost their systems up to full immunity. These are done at 8, 12 & 16 weeks of age or 3-4 weeks apart depending on what age you get your kitten.

  • Heartworm prevention
  • Intestinal worming (including spirometra worms for those lizard/frog/insect hunters)
  • Fleas
  • Ticks

Vaccinations

For your pets this can be one of the most important this things you can do to protect them. They are a safe and effective way of preventing certain illnesses. The diseases we vaccinate against are highly contagious and often life threatening. The young animals should not be allowed out until a week after their final vaccines, so their body can build immunity to the vaccinations.

Heartworm prevention

This worm is carried by mosquitoes and can be transmitted by a single bite from an infected mosquito. The worm travels in the blood stream and grows in the heart, which explains the name, ‘heartworm.’ This worm then grows within the heart, filling up all the cavities, which affects how the heart works and can be fatal if not treated.

For cats the easiest way to dose them is combined in with their monthly flea treatment as a spot on the back of the neck. At Morningside Vet Clinic we recommend revolution spot on for this as it covers a range of parasites including the heartworm in an easy on the back of the neck application monthly.

With revolution we offer a loyalty program where if you buy 12 months worth you get 3 months FREE (they come in 3 & 6 packs and it doesn’t have to be all in a single purchase)!

There are alternatives, but giving tablets to a cat is never easy and can be stressful for both pet and owner.

Intestinal worming

Intestinal worms can be transmitted in a variety of ways, usually through direct contact with eggs or an animal with an active infestation. Even as puppies and kittens they can be carrying the worms transmitted in the mother milk. Young animals are so susceptible to the worms at Morningside Vet Clinic we recommend that they are wormed fortnightly between the ages of 6 and 12 weeks, and then monthly until they are 6 months old. Once your pet is older than 6 months it is 3 monthly for life.

At Morningside Vet Clinic we recommend Milbemax, which covers tapeworm, roundworm & hookworm.

There is an alternative form of this product in a spot on form called Profender for those cats that are impossible to tablet. If using revolution or if your cat is a lizard/frog/insect hunter

Revolution covers most of the intestinal worms, but not tapeworm or the spirometra (referred to as hunter tapeworm). So in this case we would recommend you use Popantel, which is a tapeworm only tablet, every 3 months. A double dose is needed to treat the hunter tapeworm, however.

Fleas & Ticks

These horrible parasites are everywhere; they can lie dormant around your house until they sense it’s a good time to hatch. They breed like wild fire, so when you see a few on your animal they are usually just 10% of the population living in and around the area where your pet lives! They can bite humans too, but cannot live on us. They are very irritating for pets – some can even have an allergy to them, which makes them twice as itchy and may result in them losing their fur. To treat the fleas effectively, ensure tht you treat ALL PETS in the household.

There are many different ticks that can affect your pets, however the most dangerous one is the paralysis tick. This tick, as you may have guessed by the name, can paralyse your pet. As its poison relaxes the muscles, including those powering vital organs such as the heart and lungs, a paralysis tick bite can be fatal if left untreated. If you see any: weakness of limbs, unusual vocalisation, difficulty breathing, difficulty in keeping food down or other signs of distress, please bring your pet to Morningside Vet Clinic straight away!

When it comes to paralysis ticks, prevention is better than the cure. If you ever find a tick on your animal, take a picture of it for later identification and remove it immediately.

TICKS ARE AN ALL YEAR ROUND PROBLEM!! Some people believe that they only come around in the warmer months, but we see tick cases throughout the year

There are a range of spot on treatments in the market for cats, some more effective than others.

At Morningside Vet Clinic we recommend Revolution for cats to cover them for fleas alongside other parasites in an easy monthly spot on form. There isn’t a great deal of effective tick treatment for cats, as the most effective ingredient that works in dogs is actually toxic for cats. So the best treatment is 3 weekly sprays with Frontline, which also covers fleas. There is an option of a tablet, but it has to be given every 2nd day.

Microchips

Microchips

No bigger than a grain of rice, this amazing little electronic device could help you to reunite with your pet if ever they go missing.

Just once in their life they get implanted with a little electronic chip that carries a specific number. This number then gets registered on a database along with all your details. So if you ever move or change numbers make sure you keep it updated! There are some databases that only operate within certain states, so if you moved interstate you’d have to re-register them. But, let’s be honest – if you were moving interstate, the last thing you’d think of doing would be changing their microchip details! Luckily, there are also some Australia-wide databases such as Australasian Animal Registry (aar.org.au; 02 9704 1450).