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Preventative Care for Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats

Indoor Cat

Definition: Never steps outside the house except for a car trip to vetfree cat picture


Outdoor Cat

Definition: A cat that leaves the house, even if only occasionally.  


  1. Goes outside regularly  

  2. Goes outside on or off a leash, supervised in yard or on patio or deck   

  3. Occasionally will “escape” or run outside due to an open door from kids or a dog being let outside  

  4. Goes to a groomer or a boarding facility


Indoor Cat Vaccinations  

  • Rabies Purevax once a year, starting at 12 weeks of age.  Rabies exposure for the indoor cat is usually through contact with a bat indoors.  Older homes are prone to having bats in the attic and this is how we see cats get exposed. If cats are not current on their rabies vaccine and exposed to a bat that is shown to have rabies or bitten by an animal that is not available for rabies testing, the Board of Animal Health will require quarantine for 45 - 180 days.

  • PRC for upper respiratory viruses and distemper.  The initial kitten vaccines are a series of 2-3 vaccines from 8-16 weeks of age; then a one year booster, then every 3 years.  In geriatric indoor cats, we may stop the vaccines as research has shown that their immunity may be good enough if not exposed to outdoor cats carrying the viruses.

  • Feline Leukemia vaccine.  It is recommended that all kittens, regardless of lifestyle recieve two vaccines, one month apart as kittens.  Adult cats that are indoor cats do not continue to receive the vaccine.

June: The Golden Retriever

Golden RetrieverHistory of the Breed
The Golden Retriever (and equally popular Golden-Doodle), is one of the most common breeds seen at Westgate Pet Clinic.  The Golden Retriever has its roots in Scotland. In the mid-18th century, wildfowl hunting was very popular among the wealthy, and a dog was needed that could retrieve from water and land because the land was covered in ponds and rivers.  Hence the Golden Retriever was developed with a love for the water and boundless energy when they are young. 
The Golden Retriever is known for it's intelligence and eager to please attitude.  They make a great family dog because they love people, and generally get along with other dogs and cats in the house.  They have a reputation for being profuse shedders, hence the popularity of crossing them with a poodle.  Although Golden-Doodles can still shed, the amount of hair that you will find around your house is considerably less. 
Health Concerns
Preventative Care Recommendations
Because ear infections are so common in Golden Retrievers, we want your dog to tolerate ear cleaning and treatments.  Starting when she is a puppy, touch and play with the ears regularly.  Also, clean the ears on a regular basis, every 2-4 weeks.  Cleaning the ears keeps them free of wax build up, and also if you clean a lot of black or brown debris out of the ears, then you know that she has an ear infection.  

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We provide the quality care our clients expect and their pets deserve, by relying on the expertise and
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Westgate Pet Clinic
4345 France Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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