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Feline Care

Whether your cat is a youngster, a senior citizen, or any age in between, we’re
committed to helping you through every phase of their life! Pet ownership is
rewarding, fun, but certainly can provoke some questions! Please find the helpful
information below to ensure you & your pet live a happy & healthy life together! As
always, please call us at 715-344-6311 for any assistance or questions you
may have.

Feline Vaccines

Choosing the right vaccine program for your cat can be a difficult and sometimes confusing subject. Vaccine recommendations and frequency of vaccination vary depending on the lifestyle of the cat being vaccinated. Considerations may include:

  • Indoor cats vs. outdoor cats
  • Cats that travel
  • Cats that stay at kennels
  • Cats with underlying disease conditions

These factors may change over time, so we will be evaluating your pet’s risk of
disease and making recommendations generally at the time of your cat’s annual or
bi-annual exam. Please be sure to tell your veterinarian of changes in your cat’s
medical history, as well as any medications your cat may be receiving.

Vaccines are broken down into two categories, Core and Non-Core vaccines. Core
vaccines are those we recommend for all cats and kittens; the diseases involved in
core vaccines have a high risk of causing illness and even death.

Core Vaccines


Rabies is a deadly disease for any cat exposed and is a major public health concern.
Because of the potential for human exposure, Rabies vaccination is recommended
for all cats and is required by law in most parts of the country. Although many
people believe indoor-only dogs and cats are not exposed to the risk of rabies, in
Portage County alone, multiple indoor-only pets have been exposed by bats
entering the home.


Feline Herpesvirus and Calicivirus

Feline Leukemia

Non-Core Vaccines

Non-Core vaccines are optional vaccinations such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
(FIV), Chlamydophila Fells, or Feline Bordetella that should be discussed with a

Helpful Tips!

When to Spay or Neuter your Pet

What Are The Medical And Physical Benefits?

Spaying or neutering increases your pet’s chances for a longer and healthier life. In the female, a “spay” is actually a ovariohysterectomy. By surgically removing the ovaries and uterus, the female pet:

  • Cannot become pregnant, thus avoiding accidental or unwanted litters.
  • Will not continue her unpleasant estrus (heat) cycle(s).
  • Will not develop uterine infections and diseases including pyometra (a life threatening bacterial uterine infection).
  • Will eliminate the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer and greatly reduce the risk of mammary cancer. (Mammary cancer is the leading cause of death in intact female dogs).

In the male, neutering procedure is a castration. Both testicles are surgically removed. Some of the medical and behavioral benefits of a neutered male include:

  • Reducing the incidence of prostate disorders including cancer, prostatitis (inflammation) or prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement).
  • Reducing the likelihood of behaviors such as roaming the neighborhood, resource guarding or getting into fights.
  • Neutered male cats are less likely to spray odorous urine and mark territory.

What About The Pet Overpopulation Problem?

Every pet owner is responsible for minimizing the tremendous pet overpopulation
problem. Every year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats are destroyed across the
nation; please do your part by spaying or neutering your pet.

At What Age Should My Pet Be Spayed Or Neutered?

This question should be discussed with your veterinarian as every pet has specific
needs but there are general guidelines.

For dogs we are recommended waiting until they are closer to 1 year of age so that
they have full growth potential and benefits from their hormones unless there are
unwanted behaviors. For female dogs having them spayed before their 2nd heat
cycle SIGNIFICANTLY decreases their risk for mammary cancer later in life.

Can My Older Pet Be Spayed Or Neutered?

Age does not usually add risk to the procedures. However, our Doctors recommend
pre-surgical blood testing to evaluate kidney, liver and heart function as a
precautionary measure.

What About My Pet’s Safety During Surgery?

If your pet needs surgery at Oakview Veterinary Medical Center, you can rest
assured that they will have all of the benefits that modern veterinary medicine can
provide. Your pet’s temperature, pulse, respiration, anesthetic flows and other vital
functions are continually monitored throughout the procedure until recovery, and
most importantly they have dedicated veterinary technician/assistant dedicated to
their care and safety. There is always some risk when undergoing anesthesia and
safety is our primary concern, so our surgical suite and laboratory are equipped
with several diagnostic instruments to assist us in monitoring your pet’s condition at
all times.

All patients are required to have a pre-anesthetic blood panel to help assess their
anesthetic risk. It is important to know if they have any underlying health
conditions prior to anesthesia. The laboratory panels will be tailored for each
patient depending on life stage and the procedure they are having performed.

Will My Pet Become Lazy And Overweight?

Cats and dogs become overweight and un-ambitious because of improper diet,
exercise and training. Spaying and neutering may affect your pet’s metabolism;
however supervising the amount of calories being fed will control weight gain.
Make sure that they have transitioned off the puppy/kitten diets to adult foods once
they are spayed/neutered.

Shouldn’t A Female Have A Litter First?

No. There aren’t any medical advantages in allowing your pet to have a litter of
puppies or kittens. Litters of puppies and kittens can be very time consuming and
costly as well.

Will A Spayed Female Dog Become A Poor Hunter, Mean Or Snappy?

Spaying a female will not change her temperament, nor does it affect hunting or
obedience training ability. This procedure will not alter a dog’s inborn or acquired
instincts or traits. In fact, without the distraction of a sex drive, a spayed female
may concentrate harder.

For More Detailed Information Please Visit:

Spaying Your Female Dog

Spaying Your Female Cat

What Is A Pyometra In A Female Dog Or Cat?

Neutering Your Male Dog

Neutering Your Male Cat

If you have any questions about spaying, neutering or your pet’s health care, please contact our hospital.

When to Call The Vet

The Scoop on Litter Training

Pets on the Go

Pet Proofing

Indoor Cat Resources

Indoor Cat Initiative

We understand that a pet is part of the family. Our goal is to provide each one with
a long, healthy, and happy life. The day your pet enters our hospital it becomes part
of our family too. From new puppy and kittens to graying seniors, we are there
every step of the way. Pet ownership can host an array of surprises, that’s why we
recommend Pet Insurance to all of our clients. Check out Pawlicy to find the best pet insurance for your family!

For more information on keeping the pets in your life the happiest, we recommend
checking out the CDC’s healthy pets page here:

Feline Care in Plover, WI

To schedule your pet’s appointment, please give us a call at 715-344-6311