Banfield Pet Hospital – Preventive Care for Kittens

[Music]>>DR. WEBB: Hi, I’m Dr. Webb, a veterinarian
at Banfield Pet Hospital. As your partner in pet care, it’s our goal
to help you keep your pet healthy and happy. Starting now, and throughout their lifetime,
preventive health care is one of the best gifts you can give your pet.>>NARRATOR: Preventive healthcare for your
cat begins with good daily nutrition. Your Banfield veterinarian can recommend the
best food for your cat, including foods formulated for certain breeds
and those susceptible to certain health conditions. Vaccines are a crucial part of preventive
care, as they help protect your kitten from certain
deadly diseases. Ideally, healthy pets are vaccinated when
they’re between six and eight weeks old. Your Banfield veterinarian will explain which
vaccines are necessary and which are optional, and talk about a vaccine schedule that’s best
for your pet.>>DR. WEBB: One of the best things you can
do for your pet’s well-being is to spay or neuter. We recommend your female cat be spayed or
your male cat be neutered by the time they’re six months old. Spaying prevents unwanted pregnancies and
decreases the likelihood of infections and cancer of the reproductive system. And, when the spay is performed before the
first heat cycle, it decreases the risk for breast cancer. Neutering, or castration, prevents testicular
cancer and reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Neutering also helps male cats from being
agitated around female cats and eliminates his hormonal drive to reproduce. After neutering, you might notice that your
cat will roam less, decreasing your pet’s chances of becoming lost, struck by a car or involved in territorial
fights on another cat’s turf. Our Optimum Wellness plans which are packages
of preventive care services include a spay or netuer option. And they make doing the right thing for your
pet easier on your pocket book.>>NARRATOR: your kitten’s skin and coat provide
an important gauge of overall health. It’s a good idea to regularly groom your pet,
including brushing, bathing and examining the coat, paws and pads. Thanks for listening. Remember, you know your pet best. And we know how to help you keep them healthy. For more information on this and other pet
health care topics visit [Music]

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