Why Does My Cat Need Regular Exams?
Most pet owners understand the importance of keeping their dogs’ vaccines “up-to-date” as well as the necessity of annual blood testing and parasite prevention. However, many cats do not receive yearly examinations, even though they need vaccinations and routine testing just as much as dogs do! Even indoor cats are susceptible to viruses, parasites and countless other health concerns similar to those that affect their canine counterparts. Many cat owners believe that because their cats appear healthy and are acting normally that they do not need to be seen by their veterinarian for regular physical examinations. However, cats instinctively try to conceal illness and pain, and often will not show any signs until the condition is quite advanced and difficult to treat. Veterinarians know what subtle abnormalities to look for and the preventive diagnostic laboratory testing that can help detect diseases before any signs may occur.
Preventive examinations should occur a minimum of once yearly, and more frequently for senior cats (over the age of 7) and those with chronic conditions. Our veterinarians and healthcare team will assess your cat’s nutrition, lifestyle, environmental enrichment, disease and parasite prevention, and behavior. By incorporating all of this information, we will create a healthcare plan that is individualized to both you and your cat. Remember that early intervention is the key to preventing and controlling diseases before they affect your cat’s quality and length of life.
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