Epping Road Veterinary Hospital

120 Epping Road
Exeter, NH 03833



Senior Feline Health Recommendations

Bi-Annual Examinations- As senior pets age faster then younger pets, we recommend beginning examinations every 6 months beginning at 7 years of age.  During examination, we will check your senior cat from nose to tail.  This includes eyes, ears, nose, mouth (including a dental examination), skin, coat, legs/feet, and internal organs.  We will listen to the heart to be sure there are no changes or irregularities present.  We will also perform an abdominal palpation to examine abdominal health of the gastro-intestinal tract and internal organs.

Feline Rabies VaccineRabies vaccination is required by law and highly important as there is no cure for Rabies infection.  We use a specific Feline Rabies vaccine (Merial Purevax) which is administered annually.  This vaccine is proven to be the safest Rabies vaccine for cats and kittens as the 3 year Rabies vaccine has been linked to carcinoma.

Feline Panleukopenia Vaccine (FVRCP)(Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis/Herpesvirus, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia Virus) This vaccine protects against common upper-respiratory infections that are common in cats, especially those who have been in shelters with exposure to other cats.  As an adult cat, the Feline Distemper vaccine will be due once every 3 years.

Panleukopenia (FVRCP) Titer- A Panleukopenia Titer is a blood test we can perform in lieu of vaccinating for these diseases. Studies show that many of our companion animals retain protection from their vaccines for years beyond the recommended 3 year booster. In an effort to limit the number of vaccines we administer over the lifetime of your pet, we can obtain a blood sample to send to the laboratory to ensure Sagan has adequate protective immunity. In the event your pet's titer is low and not considered protective, we will have your pet return for a Nurse visit and booster the Panleukopenia (FVRCP) vaccine. 

Feline Leukemia Vaccine- Feline Leukemia is a serious illness which can be fatal and is transferred through the contact of an infected cats bodily fluid.  We recommend that all kittens receive the Feline Leukemia vaccine series and any cats that go outside continue with boosters every 2 years life-long.

FIV/FeLV Screening- (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus/ Feline Leukemia Virus)  This important screening is recommended for all kittens and any adult cats with exposure to other felines of unknown viral status.  This screening is also a requirement for hospitalization in our facility to determine proper safe handling and limit potential transfer of these serious, and potentially fatal, illnesses.

Internal Parasite Screening- We recommend screening every 6 months to be sure that your cat is free of internal parasites, as suggested by the Companion Animal Parasite Council, to look for parasites that could be transmitted to humans.  This involves taking a sample of fecal matter and sending it to the laboratory for comprehensive testing.  With routine screening, we can be sure that we are detecting infection early and treating when appropriate.

Senior Pet Blood ScreeningWe recommend bi-annual Senior Pet Blood Screening for adult cats over 7 years of age.  This is a blood screening that helps measure what we cannot see, feel, or hear on physical examination alone to be sure that your pet maintains optimal health.  The Senior Pet Blood Screening offers all the same benefits as the Healthy Pet Bloodwork with the addition of thyroid function monitoring, which is particularly important in aging pets.

Urinalysis- Urinalysis is a test that shows us the physical and chemical properties of urine. We use it to assess the health of the kidneys and urinary system and it can reveal problems in other organ systems, including diabetes. It is a valuable test in both healthy and sick animals and especially important for comprehensive health examinations of aging pets.

Preventative Radiograph Screening- As pets age, we recommend preventive radiograph (x-ray imaging) screening as a part of their comprehensive health evaluations.

Heartworm Prevention- We recommend year-round heartworm prevention for all cats.  We offer Heartgard Feline chewable prevention given every 30 days.  We also offer Feline Revolution, which is a topical heartworm and flea prevention applied every 30 days.

Flea/Tick Prevention-  We recommend that all cats be on year-round flea prevention.  We offer Feline Revolution, which is a topical heartworm and flea prevention applied every 30 days.  For cats who go outside, we also recommend Bravecto, a topical flea/tick prevention applied every 90 days.

Microchip IdentificationLost pets who have microchip identification are 20 times more likely to return to their homes.  We recommend that all pets have this identification administered.  The process includes having a microchip injected into their skin, which then can be scanned to obtain information on returning them to their homes.  Many cats with have this identification administered as a kitten, however, it can be performed at any age.