Puppy & Kitten Checks

Puppy and kitten checks are routine veterinary examinations designed to ensure the health and well-being of puppies and kittens. These check-ups are crucial during their early stages of life to monitor their growth, development, and detect any potential health issues early on.

Understanding Home Puppy & Kitten Checks: What to Expect

Home puppy and kitten checks provide valuable insights into what lies ahead. We guide you through their life cycle, step by step. This covers essential aspects such as the significance of deworming, dental care, vaccination protocols, microchipping, grooming, and spaying/neutering. If you’re considering future travel with your pet, we’re here to help.

The Vital Role of Puppy & Kitten Vaccinations

Puppies and kittens are especially vulnerable to dangerous diseases and intestinal parasites. This is why we administer vaccinations and deworming early and on a schedule. It’s essential to keep them at home and isolate them until they are fully vaccinated. Even with just one or two vaccines, there’s still a risk of disease transmission from other pets. This is because seemingly healthy pets can carry diseases without showing any symptoms.

Essential Vaccinations for Puppies and Dogs

Canine Distemper: Symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and blindness.
Canine Adenovirus: This viral disease causes infectious hepatitis and damages the puppy’s liver. It often spreads in places where dogs congregate, like pet shops. A persistent cough is a clear sign of infection.
Canine Parvovirus: Highly contagious, it impacts the digestive and immune systems, as well as the heart. It can be fatal in unvaccinated puppy litters. Vaccination is administered at 6 to 8 weeks of age.
Bordetella: Often required for boarding, this vaccine helps prevent respiratory issues. Coughing, nasal discharge, and fever are common symptoms. Dogs in close contact with others in various settings can benefit from this vaccination. While Bordetella is a primary cause of kennel cough, similar symptoms can stem from other infectious sources.
Non-CORE Vaccines: Rabies and Beyond
Rabies: Administered from as early as 3 months of age, rabies vaccination requires a visit to the Agriculture Department. For scheduling, reach out to the Cayman Islands Agriculture Department at doarabiesvaccines@gov.ky. The Rabies Vaccine Clinic operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm. For inquiries, contact CI.AgricultureVS@gov.ky.
Parasite Control is done at each round of the vaccination visits according to the pets weight.

Keeping Your Puppy Safe from Heartworms

Around 12 to 16 weeks, typically after the 3rd or 4th vaccine, we’ll talk about protecting your puppy from heartworms using preventive measures like Heartgard. While no vaccine exists for this, regular medication can prevent it. Heartworms are parasites that set up shop in the heart’s right side and the arteries that carry blood to the lungs. They can also travel and cause issues in the liver and kidneys. These worms can grow up to 14 inches and, if they clump together, they can block and harm organs.

Early on, heartworm infections might show no signs. But as the disease advances, your dog could start coughing, feeling tired, losing appetite, or struggling to breathe. Unlike other conditions spread through fluids, heartworms get transmitted through mosquitoes. This means we diagnose them using blood tests, not fecal exams.

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red kitten laying with their paws up sleeping

Essential Kitten Vaccinations: Keeping Your Cat Healthy

When your kitten reaches 6 to 8 weeks, their natural immunity from their mother starts fading. This makes them susceptible to diseases. That’s when we begin vaccinations, with shots at 6 to 8 weeks, 10 to 12 weeks, and around the 16th week. Kittens usually get two to three rounds of vaccines. We can also do microchipping at this time. Afterward, they’ll need annual shots and extra boosters based on their lifestyle (indoor/outdoor). Each kitten is unique, so we tailor the vaccine plan during your appointment.

Important Cat Vaccines

FVRCP (Feline Distemper Vaccine): Protects against three viruses: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia.
Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Parvovirus): Highly infectious, it starts with low energy and appetite, leading to vomiting and diarrhea. The virus weakens white blood cells, making kittens prone to more infections.
Non-CORE Vaccines:
Feline Leukemia Vaccine: FeLV is a global concern transmitted through fluids like saliva and urine. It spreads when infected cats groom or share bowls. While some cats seem fine, others face issues like lymphoma or anemia. Kittens need the FeLV vaccine, starting with two doses, a few weeks apart, and a revaccination a year later.
Parasite Control: We handle parasite control during each vaccination visit, considering your cat’s weight.
For flea and tick prevention, we suggest options like Revolution, Selamectin, or Broadline based on their lifestyle.

What our Clients say

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Leyla Jackson
Leyla Jackson
I have been using the Mobile Vet Company for approximately six months now. Initially I thought it would be a good idea to use a mobile medical solution because my old lady canine became too frail to subject to traditional vet visits. Sadly it was necessary to make the decision to put her to sleep not too long after that but the care and compassion that the Mobile Vet Company staff showed at such a sad time was so appreciated. Since then, I have obtained a few rescued feline babies and the support and care they have received has been phenomenal. I feel like my pets are in very good hands indeed. Thank you MVC.
Raquel Tobian
Raquel Tobian
The Mobile Vet has been amazing. They are extremely accommodating when we have had urgent needs and always completely professional.
Aristea Underwood
Aristea Underwood
Such a wonderful experience for my kitties and me! Thanks again for making their first visit to the vet a great one!
Tonya Dunn
Tonya Dunn
Dr. Buchanan and Jesica came out to our home to examine our Rosie for her trip back to the US. They were extremely professional and caring towards our girl. They took so much time to explain the dynamics of the tropical weather and how it can affect our dog. Thank you for making this a seamless experience! We can’t recommend then enough! Thank you!
Callme Coops
Callme Coops
Excellent vets.Very efficient and responsive. But most importantly, really kind and caring and did an excellent job with my cat.
Courtney
Courtney
These doctors are amazing. They've always been available for consultation. They even had delivered my pups medication to me work for me! "We've" never had such VIP service!
John Hewetson
John Hewetson
Unbelievable service for the price. Both the Vet Tech and the Dr were fantastic with our two cats. Our two can be very skittish but they were not a problem for them and they are now doing much better. Can't say enough good things about this service. I highly recommend it. I don't know why anyone would go through the hassles and time to take loved pets to a traditional vet when they can have this service for so little cost.
Rich Dyer
Rich Dyer
Love these guys, great service, really friendly, and so convenient for my agoraphobic kitties!
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