Indoor Cats are NOT Disease Free:
Why your indoor cat needs a yearly Exam
By keeping your cat indoors, there are a number of diseases and medical conditions that can be avoided. However, there are many diseases that affect cats whether they stay inside or not. Cats are notorious for their ability to hide when they are not feeling well. Annual exams allow us to detect these problems early giving us the best chance at treatment.
Our goal during the annual check-up is to thoroughly examine, administer vaccines where appropriate and discuss diet and medical options. Our aim is to improve both the quantity and quality life of your cat.
Please call the vet clinics phone number 905 271-8508 for an annual exam checkup appointment.
Dental disease is more than just cosmetic (bad breath and tartar build-up). It is infection, inflammation and PAIN. It is estimated that over 70% of pets 3 years and older have some degree of dental disease. Most of us don’t check our pet’s mouths regularly. Your veterinarian will.
Hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus and kidney disease are conditions that are commonly seen in cats. If caught early, effective treatments exist allowing affected cats to live long, happy lives.
Regular vomiting or hairballs were once thought to be a normal aspect of being a cat. We now recognize that this can sometimes be a symptom for underlying chronic intestinal disease or food intolerance.
Feline urinary tract disease and infections are common and sometimes occur without classic symptoms. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t painful. Your veterinarian can help to identify and provide proper treatment for these conditions.
Cats with an abnormal heart rate or a murmur do not usually show any signs until the disease is very advanced and the cat is ill or worse, dies suddenly. Abnormal heart rhythm and heart murmurs can only be detected with a thorough physical exam. The same is true for lung disease, such as asthma, and increased blood pressure (hypertension).
Your veterinarian is trained to look for masses on the outside and inside. Additionally, they monitor closely for weight-loss which may be the only sign of cancer, and can be subtle in cats. Most of our home scales cannot detect the loss small amounts of weight, which can be significant in cats.
Did you know that arthritis is very common in cats as they age? 90% of cats 12 years and older have some degree of arthritis. Often interpreted as “slowing down”, sometimes these behavioral changes are the result of pain. Diagnosis and treatments are available to help our feline friends.
Indoor cats often quickly become overweight due to their sedentary lifestyle. Obesity can affect the quality and quantity of life as it predisposes them to diabetes, arthritis, asthma and constipation. Ingrown toenails are often commonly seen in indoor cats as they are not as easily able to scratch and wear down their nails. OUCH!
Fleas, Heartworm and Intestinal Parasites
Outdoor cats and even some indoor cats are also at risk of parasitic infections. Testing and medications are available for our feline patients too.
**We appreciate that bringing our feline patients into the clinic can sometimes be stressful. There are many ways to make this a more enjoyable experience. Please contact us or see the Vet Clinics website : www.hurontariovet.ca for some tips.
1424 HURONTARIO ST., MISSISSAUGA, ONT. L5G 3H4 TEL (905) 271‑8508 FAX (905) 271‑7621