All Pets Veterinary Medical Center Cats and Kittens
All Pets Veterinary Medical Center of College Station Texas is an American Association of Feline Practitioners member, an AAFP Feline Friendly Practice and an AAHA Accredited Practice. All feline patients are promptly taken to their comfortable exam room upon arrival, and each step of the way is designed to limit stress on your pet. All cat exam rooms are cat or exotic only. All visiting cats are comforted during their stay with varying protocols (using Feliway pheromone diffusers, using fear-free veterinary tactics) and handled gently and with care.
Cats and kittens have specific healthcare and environmental requirements to live happy healthy lives. Dr. Rupley and our team is committed to the whole well-being of your cat including at-home lifestyle, past medical history, and current health. We recommend thorough annual preventative exams, vaccinations, and routine blood testing as part of your cat's comprehensive wellness plan. The caring and attentive team at All Pets strives to inform you as a pet owner to make the best and most informed decisions so that you and your cat enjoy the best quality of life together.
Dr. Rupley will thoroughly examine your pet from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail and assess his or her overall health. This exam inspects the health of the heart, lungs, skin, teeth and mouth, vision/eyes/ears and lymph nodes along with assessing current behavior, diet, and past medical history. We want only healthy cats and kittens in the College Station/Bryan area!
Physical exams are one of the most critically important functions that veterinarians can perform to keep your pet healthy. Because our patient can't tell us if they don't feel well or what "hurts", we rely on thorough physical examination to best determine the diagnosis. All Pets Veterinary strongly encourages you to make regular visits for physical exams of your cat to ensure he or she stays strong and healthy, especially since cats like to hide their symptoms.
Ideally, the first appointment should be the day you bring your new kitten home. A Comprehensive Physical Exam is important to detect abnormalities that may not be observed at home. Just as with people, a physical examination may be the most important component of the visit, allowing the doctor to completely examine your pet and discuss any medical problems found.
A Comprehensive Physical Exam is recommended every six months in senior cats. Older pets, like older humans, are prone to heart, kidney, and other organ malfunction. Regular check-ups and routine laboratory tests are essential to catch these conditions early.
In the College Station area, both indoor and outdoor cats are exposed to mosquitoes which transmit heartworm disease. Heartworm disease in cats is untreatable, will reduce your cat's quality of life, and can be fatal.
We recommend year-round protection for your cat using a reputable flea and heartworm preventative for kittens and adult cats. Advantage Multi is a topical application and provides month-long protection against heartworm infection, flea infestation and other parasites in cats.
If your cat has a skin condition or otherwise sensitive skin, oral heartworm preventatives are available upon request.
We offer non-adjuvanted vaccinations for felines, completely eliminating the risk of vaccine site sarcoma- a malignant, and often fatal, cancer. In humans and dogs these adjuvants (irritating chemical that speeds up the immune response) are proven safe and effective, however 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 30,000 cats will be effected. This risk is eliminated with specially formulated vaccines.
Feline Rabies Vaccination
Feline rabies is an inflammatory infection that specifically affects the gray matter of the cat's brain and its central nervous system (CNS). The primary way the rabies virus is transmitted to cats in the United States is through a bite from a disease carrier:
This is a legally required core vaccine and can be given to humans.
FVRCP is an acronym for the standard cat vaccine, also called "the feline distemper vaccine", given to cats and kittens throughout their lives as part of a preventative health program and considered, along with the Rabies vaccine, as a Core (very important) vaccination.
This combo vaccine prevents your cat from getting three potentially deadly airborne viruses: Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia.
Feline Leukemia Vaccination
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is second only to trauma as the leading cause of death in cats, killing 85% of persistently infected felines within three years of diagnosis. The virus commonly causes anemia or lymphoma, but because it suppresses the immune system, it can also predispose cats to deadly infections.
Once a cat contracts the virus it cannot be cured. So it is important to get your cat tested and vaccinated. An initial Feline Leukemia vaccination is administered followed by a second injection 3 weeks later. After the initial series of Feline Leukemia vaccinations, our feline friendly veterinarian recommends revaccinating every 3 years. Read more below.
Laboratory Testing and Disease Screening
Intestinal Parasite Screening for Cats
Feline intestinal parasites are one of the most common problems our veterinarians see in kittens. Although pets of any age can carry them, they are a health issue primarily in young cats, cats living in sub-standard or crowded conditions and cats with other health concerns. Many of the parasites that cats tend to pick up can be transmitted to other pets and humans in the household.
A fecal Test is recommended annually in all healthy cats to screen for intestinal parasites.
Feline intestinal parasite prevention will depend on which products you choose to treat your cat with to fight fleas and ticks, as well as prevent heartworms.
Feline Leukemia and Feline Influenza Virus
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV), a retrovirus, so named because of the way it behaves within infected cells. All retroviruses, including feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), produce an enzyme, reverse transcriptase, which permits them to insert copies of their own genetic material into that of the cells they have infected.
The H1N1 variant of the influenza virus, previously known somewhat inaccurately as "swine flu", is contagious to cats as well as to people. In addition, this virus is also known to be able to infect dogs, pigs, and ferrets.
Any new cat entering a household or any new feline family member should be screened for these contagious diseases for which there is no cure.
Feline Heartworm Testing
Spread by infected mosquitoes, heartworms in felines is increasingly being recognized as an underlying cause of health problems in domestic cats. Despite its name, heartworms primarily cause untreatable lung disease in cats. It is an important concern for any cat owner living in areas densely populated by mosquitoes like Bryan / College Station Texas.
We utilize both an antigen and antibody test to diagnose heartworm disease. Feline Heartworm disease in cats is not currently treatable so prevention is our most powerful tool.
A veterinary chemistry panel for your cat includes tests for multiple chemical constituents within one sample. The quantities of these chemicals can reveal many things about the various organs of your dogs body.
These blood chemistries check for elevations in enzymes that can detect diseases of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and intestines. Increased levels of some values can be an indicator of certain types of tumors. Diabetes, dehydration and electrolyte levels. Electrolytes are the minerals that help keep the body's fluid levels in balance, and are necessary to help the muscles, heart, and other organs work properly. Veterinary blood work is recommended for kittens (even if suspected to be completely healthy) to establish what is "normal" for your pet in case we ever need to compare those values when they are ill.
Complete Blood Count
A complete blood count (CBC) provides detailed information on the red blood cell counts, white blood cell counts and platelets. The total white blood cell counts and individual cell counts can indicate leukemia, stress, inflammation or an inability to fight infection. Low platelet numbers can indicate a bleeding problem. The hematocrit level is also checked, which provides information on the amount of red blood cells present in the blood. Low hematocrit indicates anemia (low red blood cells or hemoglobin).
Urinalysis for Senior Cats
Generally recommended for senior cats (over 7 years), a urinalysis is a test to assess your pet's overall urinary tract health. A urinalysis gives our doctor insight into your cat's kidney and bladder function as well as glucose regulation and liver function.
Total T4 & Cholesterol Test
Hypothyroidism is the condition of inadequate active thyroid hormone. A common human ailment, it is the most common hormone imbalance of cats. A T4 & Cholesterol test is used to detect an overactive thyroid gland in your cat.
The T4 tests measure the amount of thyroxin in your cat's blood. Thyroxin is critical for regulating the growth and metabolism of your cat. An imbalance of this hormone can lead to thyroid disorders. Overproduction, also known as hyperthyroidism, leads to the increased rate of the metabolism and heart rate, weight loss, intolerance to heat, increased breathing rate and nervousness. Typically, middle-age to older cats are diagnosed with hyperthyroidism.
Underproduction of this hormone is called hypothyroidism. This causes a decreased metabolic rate, decreased heart rate, weight gain, intolerance to cold, infertility, constipation, high blood cholesterol, dry skin and hair loss.
Radiography is an imaging technique that uses electromagnetic radiation to see the internal structures of a non-transparent object like your senior cat. Heart disease, cancers, and fractures can all be detected through the use of radiographic imaging (X-rays). In addition to our on-site doctor's review, All Pets Veterinary sends all radiographs to a board certified specialist.
Additional Testing Available
FVRCP Titers Test for Cats
A titer is a measurement of how much antibody your cat produces that recognizes a particular virus. The results indicate whether or not a vaccine needs to be administered to provide protection. If a high amount of the antibody that recognizes FVRCP is present, re-vaccination is not necessary. Reducing vaccinations in cats decreases the risk of sarcomas (cancerous lesions) caused by vaccines.