VCA Old Town Animal Hospital
By Carol Petit
Published: August 15, 2010

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Thorough Preventative Care for your kitten's first year is one of the best ways to assure excellent health and a long life.  At VCA Old Town we recommend the following as a schedule of care:

8-9 Weeks
  Physical Exam
  Fecal exam # 1(to check for internal parasites)
  Deworming # 1 (for hookworms and roundworms)
  Feline Leukemia & Immunodeficiency virus tests ( FeLV/FIV)
  First vaccines:  FVRCP, FELV
  Discuss Heartworm disease and prevention, also flea and tick control
  Begin Hearworm prevention (Revolution applied monthly)
  Discuss pet health insurance

12 Weeks
  Physical Exam
  Fecal exam # 2
  Deworming # 2
  Vaccines:  FVRCP booster, FeLV booster
  Discuss home dental care

16 Weeks
  Physical Exam
  Fecal exam (as needed)
  Deworming # 3
  Vaccines:  FVRCP (1 year), Rabies (1 year)
  Discuss spay or neuter

6 Months
  Pre-anesthetic blood test
  Spay or neuter surgery
  Microchip placement (permanent identification in case your cat is lost)

1 Year
  Annual Physical Exam
  Annual fecal test, wellness blood test
  Vaccines:  FVRCP (3 year), FeLV (1 year), Rabies (annual)
  Nutrition and oral health review


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately.  If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics:

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital 703-751-2022.

VCA  Southpaws Referral Center 703-752-0100                                                              

Please request that they send a report to us so we can follow up with you later.