New kitten vet and vaccinations at Crestwood Animal Clinic , Crestwood IL

Veterinarian for Kitten, Crestwood IL

Kitten Care

Congratulations on Your New Kitten!

We just love kittens and we can’t wait to meet yours!  Please bring your kitten in for an exam as soon as possible to establish a relationship with our staff at Crestwood Animal Clinic.  Together we will make sure your kitten receives everything he or she needs to grow up healthy and strong.  When you pick up your kitten, remember to ask what and when he or she was fed.  Replicate that schedule until your first kitten visit with us.  We will discuss your kitten’s breed, anticipated lifestyle and nutritional needs with you during your first kitten visit.

Do you have questions about nutrition, training, vaccinations, grooming, parasite protection, or overall health? What about tips for introducing your new pet to other pets and family members? Even if you are a very experienced pet owner and have had kittens before, each pet is unique and offers an opportunity to learn something new! We welcome your questions and look forward to addressing any concerns you may have. The more educated you are about your pet, the better you will be able to care for him or her, so we strive to offer you all the support you need.

Your Kitten’s First Visit

Your kitten’s first exam is an important first step in your kitten’s life.  Very young kittens may suffer from medical issues since immune systems are not yet mature. Certain breeds are more susceptible to certain medical problems. Kittens that have not had adequate medical care prior to adoption may have pre-existing conditions that need to be addressed. The kitten exam will ensure your feline companion will be on the way to growing up healthy and strong.

Your kitten’s first visit with us will include: 

  • A comprehensive physical exam
  • Screening for viruses specific to felines, such as Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Intestinal parasite screening
  • Intestinal parasite deworming
  • Development of a vaccination program based on your kitten’s lifestyle
  • Heartworm prevention recommendations
  • Recommendations for controlling and preventing external parasites such as fleas
  • Behavior and housetraining recommendations
  • Nutritional counseling

Please bring the health information provided to you by the seller or shelter on your first visit with us. This should include a previous history of vaccines and deworming. Also bring a fresh stool (fecal) sample. Don’t forget to transport your kitten safely to the clinic in a pet carrier.

Subsequent kitten exams will be schedule according to your kitten’s age and medical history. 

Signs That Your Kitten May Need Medical Attention

Cats are experts at hiding disease.  Early signs of disease frequently produce the comment “my kitten simply isn’t herself”.  Please be alert to the following symptoms that indicate your kitten needs immediate care:

  • Any respiratory problems, such as coughing, trouble breathing
  • Multiple episodes of vomiting or diarrhea
  • Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, or hives, most easily seen on the belly
  • Any eye injury, no matter how mild
  • Seizure, fainting, or collapse
  • Thermal Stress, either too cold or too hot, even if the kitten seems to have recovered
  • Trauma received from any incident, even if the kitten does not appear to have been physically harmed

Call us today to schedule an exam for your kitten!

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