The purpose of veterinary exams for adult cats
Leaving the house can be a stressful event for many cats and their owners (see previous blog on “How to get your cat to the vet hospital” for tips on transporting your kitty with minimal stress). So why do we as veterinarians feel that it is so important to bring your cat in for regular examinations? Cats are stoic creatures and many do not show us that something is wrong until the disease is quite advanced. Don’t wait until your cat is sick. The following are four major reasons why you should bring your cat in to the animal hospitals care:
- Preventative Medicine: The focus of regular examinations is to try to identify problems before they are apparent to you as their owner or before your cat becomes sick. An opportunity to discuss dental care, nutrition, exercise, behavior, parasite prevention and to administer any vaccinations that may be appropriate will be dealt with at this time. Testing, which may include a fecal exam to check for parasites, blood work and/or urine testing as a part of the “wellness” screen will also be discussed. You can play a vital role in your cat’s health by closely monitoring for changes in appetite, drinking, and litter box habits at home.
- Assess vaccine status: Did you know that rabies vaccination is required by law for all cats in Canada. At the time of the annual examination the veterinarian will discuss other core and non-core vaccines available for cats. Benefits and risks of vaccines will be addressed. A vaccine program will be designed with the specific needs of your cat in mind.
- Obesity: Cats are having as many issues with being overweight as humans are. This can lead to an increase in diabetes and other medical conditions which may shorten their lives and decrease their quality of life. We have information, programs, and foods available, to help keep your pet at a healthy weight.
- Dental Disease: Cats are very prone to developing cavities (small holes) in their teeth called resorptive lesions. Full mouth dental radiographs for all of our feline dental patients are recommended to find and treat these painful areas as early as possible. Home care products such as tooth brushing, Healthy Mouth, Maxiguard Oral Gel and prescription diets to help with dental disease will be discussed.
Please contact us if you have any questions or visit the American Association of Feline Practioners website at catvets.com for further information on your cat’s health.