Annual Comprehensive Physical Examination
Comprehensive physical examinations are the most important part of your pet’s annual visit. Since we cannot talk to our patients like human doctors can, we rely strongly on the history of their health and well-being provided by their pet parents and our skilled veterinarians at detecting abnormalities on their physical examination. A complete and thorough examination is performed of all body systems to check for any abnormalities or problems. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions or discuss any concerns that you have about your pet’s health and well-being.
Every patient’s body condition and weight are evaluated to determine if their’s is under, over or ideal. Weight changes can indicate underlying health problems and can contribute to health problems for your pet.
Nutritional evaluation and advice is provided with each visit to determine your pet’s specific needs. Many of our veterinary diets not only provide superior nutrition with extensive research to support their benefits, but also are used therapeutically in the prevention and treatment of many diseases. Consequently your pet receives a food that tastes great, provides excellent nutrition and benefits their health!
Oral examinations are performed with every annual wellness consultation. Periodontal disease is the number one disease seen in companion animals. It contributes to many other diseases in the body such as heart, liver and kidney diseases. Early detection of dental disease can often be reversed with routine dental treatments. Options are discussed for appropriate dental homecare products depending on the extent of disease present and the compliance of the patient.
Immunizations for cats are recommended and administered based on age, risk assessment, health and current research evaluation. Core vaccinations for cats in our geographical area include feline rhinotracheitis (herpes), calicivirus, panleukopenia and rabies. These vaccinations are recommended for all cats as they are easily transmitted through the air or on contact articles and do not need direct contact with an infected animal for transmission (except rabies).
Other immunizations given are feline leukemia virus for kittens in their first year of life and all cats that have any exposure to the outdoors or to other cats that go outdoors. Infection with this virus is lifelong if contracted and it can have profound consequences on your cats health.
Annual Wellness Blood Testing
Our furry companions cannot talk to us in terms that we can understand. If they did it would make our job here a lot easier… and surely even more entertaining than it is! Pets do not complain of aches and pains or just that they do not feel right. Instead they either become quiet, or slow down and this can be misinterpreted as them ‘just getting older’. Others can mask their signs until it is at a severe state in which they can no longer hide these signs of illness. Consequently, veterinarians must act as detectives using the information that we gather from their comprehensive physical examinations and other testing to put together a picture of a pet’s overall health. Blood testing is an integral part of this evaluation process to give us a window into a pet’s internal health. Regular blood screening early in life also gives us baselines to compare with as they get older and to follow trends for early detection of problems.
Our wellness blood testing is a small, inexpensive blood test that sometimes includes a urine test which screens for common problems in pets.
Feline Viral Testing
Did you know that cats can become infected with viruses from other cats including their parents that can severely affect their immune systems? The two viruses that can have life threatening consequences on a cat’s immune system are Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Both of these once contracted are life-long infections. Because their immune systems are affected, they tend to get sick often and some have been know to cause cancer in some individuals.
Knowing if a cat is infected with either of these viruses is useful to make specific modifications to their lifestyle and healthcare to prevent infection of other cats and maintain optimal health for those infected. A simple blood test is performed on all kittens and new cats to a household or if your cat has not been previously tested.
Flea and Parasite Prevention
Prevention of Fleas and Intestinal Parasites is now made easier with the use of single dose, once a month, medications that are safe for you and your pet. Many are topical ones that have superior prevention for external parasites and easier to administer to your pet. They also help avoid some missed doses that occur with oral preventive medications as a result of a pet vomiting their monthly dose.
Intestinal Parasite Identification and Treatment
Intestinal parasites affect all companion animals and often occur with little or no signs to your pet. Detection is based on a stool sample submitted one to two times a year to look for microscopic eggs and larva that are present. Treatment is based upon the specific organism that is present since one deworming medication cannot eliminate all of the different types of parasites.
To illustrate the extent of the environmental contamination, one infected cat with a single parasite can result in millions of potentially infective eggs per day throughout the area the cat is allowed to roam. Some of these parasitic eggs end up on your cat’s coat due to the preening nature of cats. Once the eggs become infective, they can remain in the envirionment for years.
Detection and treatment of intestinal parasites is an important part of your cat’s health but also of your family’s heatlh. The Center For Disease Control indicates there are thousands of blood tests submitted to the CDC each year for infected humans. A parasitic disease contracted by a human can be more serious than the intended host, your dog or cat. So be sure to scoop a sample for us to test your cat each year.