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Jacksonville, Florida veterinarian, explains common kitten health issues to be aware of

Kitten Health Issues in Jacksonville FL Area

Getting a new pet is a truly momentous time for everyone in the family. It can be very unsettling for families with kittens when their precious new pet comes down with an illness, but at San Marco Animal Hospital, we are here to help keep your furry friend healthy and help them recover if they come down with an illness. Below, Dr. Venkat Gutta, a veterinarian in Jacksonville, Florida, explains common kitten health issues that you should be aware of and what to do if your kitten is exhibiting signs of illness.

Common kitten health problems

Some of the most common kitten health problems that we see include the following. With preventive care and vaccinations, some of these issues are avoidable, so it is important to follow the veterinary care schedule that you have been provided to ensure that your kitten stays healthy.

  • Intestinal worms: There are a variety of different types of intestinal worms that can infect kittens, including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and others. If your kitten has worms, it can suffer from diarrhea, weight loss, and failure to thrive; however, we can deworm your cat and provide any necessary medications.
  • Upper respiratory infections: Caused by viruses or bacteria, an upper respiratory infection may only cause mild symptoms such as sneezing or yellow discharge, but in more serious cases, your kitten may refuse to eat or have trouble breathing. Viral infections need to run their course, and there is no treatment available, but bacterial infections can be treated, so it is important to see the vet if your kitten is exhibiting signs of an upper respiratory infection.
  • Fleas: If your kitten seems itchy and exhibiting hair loss, they may have fleas. Kittens can get fleas easily, but the good news is that they are also easy to treat with topical medications.
  • Ear mites: These are tiny insects that take up residence in your kitten’s ear and can be very itchy. If your kitten is scratching their ears and shaking its head, it may have ear mites. Liquid drops that are given in the ear can effectively treat them.
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Many other kitten illnesses can occur, so if your kitten seems to not be herself or has other symptoms that are not described above, please don’t hesitate to call us to diagnose and treat the issue. You can reach our Jacksonville, FL office at 904-516-9767.

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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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