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Way to Grow Kitten Program

Now that you have a new kitten, you're probably feeling a great responsibility to keep him or her healthy, happy and safe. We feel the same way. The veterinary services offered in our Way to Grow Kitten program are designed to give your kitten's immune system the boost it needs for a healthy and happy first year of life.

With the Way to Grow Kitten program, we'll give your kitten a range of vaccinations and treatments meant to ensure that he or she grows up healthy and strong. We'll also educate you along the way, to help you keep your kitten healthy.

Treatments in the Way to Grow Kitten Program

Kittens enrolled in the Way to Grow Kitten program are given all standard and recommended vaccinations. This program also tests and treats kittens for parasitical infections like round worms.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are just as important for kittens as they are for people. Vaccinations are antigens that resemble common diseases. Vaccinations stimulate the immune system against those diseases, causing immunity. Here's a list of just some of the vaccinations that we'll administer in the Way to Grow Kitten program:

  • Rabies - This deadly disease affects the brain and spinal cord of infected animals. Rabies kills millions of animals every year.
  • Panleukopenia (also known as distemper) - This contagious and life-threatening disease places the actual blood cells in the body of the kitten under attack. Unvaccinated populations of cats are highly vulnerable to this disease.
  • Leukemia - Feline leukemia is a retrovirus that can greatly reduce your kitten's ability to fight off other illnesses. It is passed from one animal to another through prolonged contact or by close interactions like biting.
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – FIV is a highly contagious and potentially fatal retrovirus infection that too weakens a cat’s immune system, making it susceptible to secondary infection. FIV is similar to HIV. However, FIV presents no risks to humans. FIV is passed from one cat to another primarily by fighting (biting and scratching).

Treatments and Testing for Parasites

Through the Way to Grow Kitten program, we'll test your kitten's feces for a variety of common parasites. If parasites are detected in your kitten, we'll treat your kitten immediately.

Roundworms are one of the most common types of parasites found in cats. Roundworms swim through the intestine and can grow to be 8 to 15 centimeters in length. Some roundworms are found only in kittens, while others can infect both kittens and puppies. While adult cats can often withstand the effects of roundworms without showing symptoms, kittens may display many negative side effects. These side effects include slowed growth, potbellied appearance, low or no appetite and vomiting and diarrhea.

Feces from infected cats and kittens can contaminate the soil with round worm eggs. This poses a threat to other cats and also humans. Testing and treating your kitten for parasites is the only way to keep your pet--and your family--safe from possible infection.

You won't find any other veterinarians in Winnipeg like ours. For comprehensive veterinary services delivered by a caring staff, contact Best Friends Animal Hospital.