As a responsible cat owner, getting your kitten vaccinated is one of the most important things you can do to ensure their long-term health. Vaccinations help protect your kitten from a range of illnesses, some of which can be life-threatening. However, before your kitten can receive their vaccinations, there are some mandatory manipulations that a veterinarian should do to ensure that your kitten is healthy enough for the vaccine.
Before administering any vaccines, a veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination of your kitten. This exam will include a check of your kitten's ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and teeth. The veterinarian will also listen to your kitten's heart and lungs and check for any signs of illness or injury.
A fecal exam is necessary to check for the presence of intestinal parasites. Many kittens are born with these parasites, and if left untreated, they can cause serious health problems.
If the fecal exam reveals the presence of parasites, your kitten will need to be dewormed before receiving any vaccinations. Deworming medication helps kill any parasites that may be present in your kitten's system.
Some veterinarians may recommend blood tests to check for the presence of certain diseases. This is especially important if you're adopting a kitten from a shelter or rescue organization, as they may have been exposed to diseases like feline leukemia or FIV.
Before administering any vaccines, a veterinarian will take your kitten's temperature to ensure that they're not running a fever. A fever can be a sign of infection or illness, and vaccines should not be given until the underlying problem is resolved.
Once these mandatory manipulations are completed, your kitten can safely receive their vaccinations. Remember, vaccinations are essential for protecting your kitten from a range of illnesses, and they should be given on a regular schedule to ensure maximum effectiveness.
If you have any questions about vaccinations or other aspects of kitten care, don't hesitate to talk to your veterinarian. With proper care and attention, your Devon Rex kitten can live a long and healthy life.