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Monday, January 21, 2013

What happens during a regular vaccination vet visit

Our own cats go for their vaccinations once in two years, during then the vet also does a check-up to make sure everything is a-ok. Not all vets include a check-up with the vaccination; some vets jab and go, so do get a vet that does the check-up as well. Last December Scooter went for his visit to Dr Dawn Chong our favourite vet at The Animal Clinic.

[Photos taken by Furry Photos]

Dr Chong examines Scooter on the exam table
We do the core vaccination, which is the one for the flu' strains and parvovirus.  It can be done once in 3 years as well, but we do it a bit more frequently because of our cats' exposure to rescue cats in the foster home. Once a year is too often for most cats.

Stuff that your vet will check, kitties!

Teeth and gums
Ears, mainly for mites and yeast
Heart and lungs
Digestive system, mainly for obstructions
Lymph nodes
Limb rotation to check joint health
Then Scooter gets his jab.

The vaccination is a subcutaneous injection, not much pain
Vaccination booklet will be updated
Protip: your cat hates going to the vet? Place the carrier in common areas of the home, door open or removed, so he can hide in it anytime. Come time to go to the vet, he will not associate the carrier with going to the scary place known as the vet. At the waiting area, do not take your cat out to stroke or hug, altercations might happen with the dogs and the clinics are not liable for any injuries that occur this way.

Some people do titre tests for their pets before re-vaccination. If you are doing vaccinations once in 3 years it usually is not necessary. If you do want to get a titre test (to check if the cat is still immune to the diseases hence no need for re-vaccine) not all vet clinics do it, we hear Animal Recovery Centre has the facilities.

If you have any more questions about vaccination visits to the vet, ask! You can get us here (comment or Formspring), Twitter @luvkuching.

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  1. Hello, I'm about to bring my one year old plus cat for his first visit to the vet for his vaccinations and routine check up, was wondering how much money would I need to prepare in advance for the vet trip? A rough estimate would give me a good idea of how much to prepare and carry with me to the vet :) thank you so much!

  2. Basic vaccination is 37.45, deworming is 4 dollars. Hope that helps!

  3. I read this and went to the animal clinic to see Dawn Chong who was appallingly rude

    1. This is strange! Never seen her rude before. Hope your cat was fine. When was this, can I feedback to her?

  4. A client brought my attention to the above comment. In my defence:

    1) the above client did not want to wait her turn despite not having an appointment, and could not understand that appointments and walk-ins who came prior to her would be seen first.

    2) was impolite to our receptionists.

    3) confronted me in an aggressive manner as I was headed out to weigh a pet owned by a client who had an appointment.

    I regret raising my voice at you. But just because we work in a service industry, does not warrant my receptionists/nurses or I being treated that way. You were aggressive even prior to us explaining ourselves.