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It’s Kitten Season—Common Health Concerns in Kittens

It’s fast approaching the best time of year, kitten season! Here at San Marco Animal Hospital, we love our cat clients, especially the kittens! As your family considers adding a kitten to the family, the question of common kitten health issues also arises.

It’s Kitten Season—Common Health Concerns in Kittens in Jacksonville FL Area

Like human babies, kittens have not had the chance to develop great immune systems. That often leads to kittens and young animals being more prone to getting sick. Most often, kitten health issues are nothing too scary and are easily treatable. These include upper respiratory infections, intestinal parasites, worms (mostly tapeworms), fleas, and ear mites.

While most kitten health issues are generally not too serious, some health issues are more serious. Although rare, feline distemper, or panleukopenia, is a highly contagious, severe virus that can be deadly. Feline distemper is often seen in kittens 2-6 months and is a virus that attacks the kitten’s immune system and intestinal tract by depleting the white blood cells. But there is good news—you can prevent this virus with a Feline Distemper vaccine series!


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At San Marco Animal Hospital, we can help prevent and treat all these kitten health issues. Call us today at 904-516-9767 to schedule an appointment to discuss your kitten’s health, care, and treatment through adulthood.

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Meet San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta
San Marco Animal Hospital

Dr. Venkat Gutta moved to the US almost two decades ago to further his passion for veterinary science. Having earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Science in Georgia and having completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, he completed clinical rotations at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gutta then received his license to practice in Florida. For over a decade, he served as an associate veterinarian at the Banfield Pet Hospital. He benefitted from a great amount of exposure and experience, especially in high-quality veterinary medicine and surgeries for soft tissue injuries. To date, Dr. Gutta strives to be approachable to his clients and ensure that they have complete awareness and understanding of the health issues that are faced by their furry friends. His special interests lie in skin issues, behavioral problems, senior pet wellness, nutritional counseling, preventive care, and wellness examinations, particularly relevant to canine and feline medicine. Today Dr. Gutta continues to keep himself updated about modern advances in veterinary science through his memberships in the Jacksonville Veterinary Medical Society and American Veterinary Medical Association.

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Wonderful and very caring service. This hospital rate's are extremely fair and reasonable, they only perform the necessary testing needed unlike other vet places I have been to. I was very impressed with the knowledge and skills of the doctor. I finally found my new vet here in Florida! Lila and Gomez thank you!
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I took my cat to San Marco Animal Hospital and would highly recommend them. Dr. Gutta spent quite a bit of time talking to me about my cat’s health and preventative care. The staff was friendly and even called to check on my cat after his vaccines. Excellent service, and caring providers!
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