New Pet Information

New Kitten? We’re Here to Help

Vaccination Recommendations

Vaccinations are the most effective way to protect your kitten against life-threatening diseases which can be prevented. The first vaccination, FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis-Calicivirus-Panleukopenia), will be given at 8 weeks old, with a booster following every 3-4 weeks until your kitten reaches 16 weeks of age. Based on your kitten’s lifestyle we may also vaccinate for Feline Leukemia, a lifelong infection in cats with serious complications. Our kitten vaccine protocol also includes a Rabies vaccination as well as parasite treatment and prevention.


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kitten getting examined at vet

Wellness Exam: What to Expect

At your kitten’s first visit, they will receive a thorough nose-to-tail physical exam to evaluate your young pet’s overall health. This is a good time to bring up any health, food, behavioral, or housing questions you may have. Our team will also go over a vaccination protocol for your pet, too. We understand every kitten is unique and want to ensure that you and your young pet have the best health care possible through a program designed to meet your pet’s individualized needs.


Spaying & Neutering

Did you know spaying/neutering can contribute to your pet living a longer, healthier life? Spaying/neutering can directly reduce your pet’s desire to roam, which can minimize risks of lost pets, injuries, or worse! Spaying/neutering also significantly reduces your pet’s chances of getting certain types of cancer. And, you will be doing your part by not contributing to the massive crisis of pet overpopulation… a win/win! We recommend spaying/neutering all cats at six months old. This can be sooner if there are behavioral or medical issues that warrant earlier intervention.


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tabby kitten being held by vet tech

Heartworm Prevention

Any pet that can be bitten by a mosquito is at risk of becoming infected by heartworm, which is a serious, life-threatening parasite. Cases of heartworm are regularly reported in Oregon, and in southern Oregon, we have a higher risk of cases. Because of this, if your kitten will have access to the outdoors, we 
recommend year-round heartworm prevention for the duration of your kitten’s life in addition to annual testing for heartworm. Your team at West Main Animal Hospital can assist you to find the prevention 
that is right for your pet.


After the First Year

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommends annual exams through age seven and bi-annual exams for pets older than seven years old. Regular visits to our hospital allow our veterinary team to evaluate your cat’s health and to detect medical conditions as early as possible. Some vaccinations may also need to be boostered at these annual examinations. We will send email and text reminders to ensure you stay up to date with necessary veterinary care services.