Feline Health

Park Place Veterinary Hospital is a member of the American Associate of Feline Practitioners.

If you’re reading this right now, you just might be a cat lover and, here at Park Place Veterinary Hospital, we are too!

Park Place Veterinary Hospital offers lifelong preventative and wellness plans tailored to your individual cat to help you keep him or her healthy.

Why is it important for your cat to be seen annually by a veterinarian?

  • Cats are susceptible to disease, obesity, parasites, diabetes and other illnesses just like dogs.
  • It is easier to manage your pet’s health when conditions are diagnosed early on.
  • Cats often don’t exhibit symptoms of illness until the disease progresses.
  • Preventative care is less expensive than treating illness and disease.

We recommend your cat is seen for an annual preventative exam. Your veterinarian will then be able to can monitor health changes after a thorough examination. We will discuss a recommended vaccination schedule and annual parasite control and prevention program for your cat, which is designed specifically to address issues that are unique to the region we live in.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! We will offer professional advice regarding any concerns you may have about their care, diet, behavior and elimination issues. Because we know your cat, we can offer a more customized wellness plan designed for your cat’s unique needs as it ages based on these annual exams.

Services we offer to maintain your cat’s optimal health:

  • New Kitten Exam
  • Spay / neuter
  • Annual preventative / wellness exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Oral health assessment and dental cleaning
  • Behavioral assessment and litter box elimination issues
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Grooming: Nail clipping, Ear cleaning
  • Cat travel and carrier acceptance
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Lump removal
  • Parasite control and prevention programs
  • Surgery and urgent care
  • Ear disease

Park Place Veterinary Hospital can help your cat maintain optimal health throughout his or her life. Please call us for all of your feline health needs: 603-357-4049

Kitty's First Visit

Your kitten’s first visit with a veterinarian is usually around 8 weeks of age (followed by booster shots at 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age.) Typically during your first appointment, your kitten is healthy and doing what kittens do best. This is when your veterinarian will begin to establish a relationship with your kitty! 

We will examine your kitten from head to tail, and answer questions you may have about spaying/neutering, heartworm and long-term parasite control and prevention, nutrition, behavior, our recommended vaccinations schedule, micro-chipping and other wellness topics. 

Any tests you elect to have performed at the time of the exam will begin to establish your kitten’s health baseline report from which to gauge any signs of changes in his/her health. Our in-house laboratory and fully-stocked pharmacy will make your kitty’s first visit quick and seamless.

When we meet your kitten for the first time, you will receive a FREE Kitten Pack containing important information, handouts, and a free dose of a recommended flea prevention product.

You and your kitten will enjoy years of care and health and wellness support when you choose Park Place Veterinary Hospital!

10 Simple Tips For Creating A Fear-Free, Low Stress Experience

It Begins, and Ends, in your Home:

1. Schedule your appointment for one of our Cat-only afternoons! Though we can’t anticipate the unexpected dog that may be need of urgent care during this time, these afternoons are designated for Cat-only appointments!

2. Select a cat carrier with a removable top so the veterinarian can reach in to greet your kitty.

3. Familiarize your cat with the carrier by placing it on the floor with treats and a comfortable blanket one week before your appointment.

4. Use Feliway spray in the carrier at least 30 minutes prior to transport to help calm the cat. (We sell this synthetic feline facial pheromone here at PPVH!) Our Feliway diffusers will be in place at the hospital to help calm your cat while in our care.

5. Don’t rush, begin the process of preparing for the appointment early so you can stay calm and move slowly around your cat.

6. Don’t feed your cat before the appointment. If they have a favorite treat you can bring it to the appointment as a reward.

7. In the waiting room, position the carrier besides you on a chair so your cat can feel safer off of floor-level. If you prefer, we will accommodate your request to place the carrier in a quiet exam room while you check in.

8. Some cats are more comfortable in the waiting room with a towel or small blanket over their carrier. Please bring a carrier cover in case you choose to cover their carrier.

9. When returning home, allow your cat to exit the carrier on their own, as long as they need.

10. Other cats in the home may not immediately accept the returning cat due to their scent carried in from the veterinary hospital. Allow space and time for readjustment.

Cats and Stress

Help reduce stress and keep your home odor-free

Why will a cat spray? Spraying is usually associated with a stressful event or a change in environment.   All cats, male or female, neutered or not, mark their territory with urine spraying.

How to help your cat stop spraying:

  1. Plug in a Feliway Diffuser (available at PPVH) in the room where your cat spends most of his time.
  2. Clean sprayed areas with Urineaway spray or soaker (available at PPVH) and allow to dry.
  3. When dry, spray with Feliway Spray on these areas daily to reduce the likelihood of urine spraying.
  4. Stop spraying Feliway whtn the cat starts to rub the site with his head.
  5. If this is not observed, continue use for at least 1 month.

(Learn more at www.feliway.com/us/cat-behavior/spraying)

Declawing

Scratching is a normal cat behavior.  It is how cats mark their territory both visually and by leaving their scent behind.  Scratching is also used to keep their claws conditioned, “husk” removal, and as a stretching activity.  Declawing a cat to reduce scratching may not be the right decision for everyone, and we can help you explore alternatives to control the scratching behavior before you consider declawing the cat.

There are alternatives to declawing:  There is a product called Soft Paws.  It is like a fake fingernail placed over the cat’s nail.  It will fall off as the nail grows, usually about 4 to 6 weeks.  You would then replace them.  Training your cat where to scratch is also possible.  This takes some patience but is the easiest alternative.  To deter cats from scratching on certain areas, the use of double-sided sticky tape or the prickly side of a carpet runner will keep cats off your good furniture.

Declaw Options

According to www.VeterinaryPartner.com, declawing has become the most controversial of all the elective surgical procedures performed on cats.  The most common methods for surgical declawing include The Resco Clipper Method and The Disarticulation Method.  More and more, cat owners are reading more about the newest of methods, the laser declaw.

The laser declaw is still considered a surgery.  In this surgery, a laser rather than a scalpel blade is used to disarticulate the third toe bone. Advantages of laser surgery include virtually no bleeding (during surgery or afterward), and less post-operative pain

Declawing is elective surgery, and it is considered “cosmetic” surgery.  It is major surgery.  If you believe declawing is the right choice for your pet, and you wish to have the procedure done by laser, it would be wise to ask your veterinarian how long they have been performing the laser declaw and how many they have done.

Declawing your Cat at Park Place Veterinary Hospital

If you are considering having your cat declawed, it is preferably done at a young age.  The older or heavier the cat is at time of declaw, the greater the potential for complications.  If you think your cat will be best off being declawed, it is recommended to have it done at 12 to 16 weeks of age.

The method used at Park Place Veterinary Hospital is The Disarticulation Method and has been performed for years by our skilled doctors.  With this method, the bone is removed at the joint (the nail is part of a small bone at the end of the toes).  The skin is then re-apposed with either sutures or sterile surgical glue and heavy bandages are placed over the feet and forelegs for 24 hours.  The patient stays in the hospital to be monitored for bleeding and complications.

After your cat comes home, you may see limping or holding up of one or both paws.  This is fairly normal for the first day or two even with the pain medications, but if it continues, this may be a sign of a complication and we will need to know about it.  A declawed cat should never be allowed to go outside.  Without their natural protection, they would be at risk for harm from other animals, etc.

Cat Owner Resources

We’ve gathered a list of quality resources for cat owners. They cover everything from finding a Cat Friendly Practice near you, to clicker training, to behavior issues, to parasites and more!

Adopting a Hoarded Cat

http://www.ddfl.org/sites/default/files/hoarded-cat.pdf

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

https://www.aaha.org/professional/default.aspx#gsc.tab=0

Cat Behavior Issues and Solutions

http://www.helpingkitty.com/cat-behavior-issues.htm

Cleaning up Cat Urine

http://indoorpet.osu.edu/cats/problemsolving/cleanupurine/

Clicker Training Cats

http://www.clickertraining.com/cat-training?source=navbar

Cornell Feline Health Center

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/

Find cat vets

http://www.catvets.com/

How to bring an outdoor cat indoors and keep him happy

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/bringing_outside_cat_indoors.html?credit=web_id65483799#end-of-rope

Indoor Cats’ Basic Needs

http://indoorpet.osu.edu/cats/basicneeds/

Indoor Pet Initiative

http://indoorpet.osu.edu/

International Cat Care Campaigns

http://www.icatcare.org/cat-campaigns

Morris Animal Foundation (veterinary advances for cats)

http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/about-maf/our-work/cats.html

Parasites and Your Kitten / Cat

http://www.petsandparasites.org/cat-owners/overview

Contact us, directions, and a map!

Address

92 Old Homestead Hwy
N. Swanzey NH 03431
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Hours

Mon: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tues: 9:20am – 7:00pm
Wed: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thurs: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sun: Closed

Contact Us

Phone: 603-357-4049
Fax: 603-357-7520
Email: info@parkplacevet.com
NEW CLIENTS: If you are a new client, we ask that you PLEASE CALL US DIRECTLY so that we can discuss your needs and go over available dates in our schedule with you.  We realize sometimes you are at work, but we really do need to speak with you about your first visit with us, give us a call during your lunch break, if you need, or between 5-7p on Thursdays if that is more convenient. We are also available between 9-noon on Saturdays.
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