When was your cat’s last check-up? Did you know that while cats far out-number dogs as the most popular pet in the US, studies have found their vet care is not kept as up-to-date as their canine counterparts. Cats tend to hide their illnesses much better than dogs and that makes regular check-ups even that much more important.
Even though cats are independent, they cannot take themselves to the doctor. Many problems, such as new heart murmurs, changes in body weight, dental disease, and kidney disease, to name a few, can be identified early upon routine physical examination.
Routine blood and urine screening, and blood pressure monitoring is recommended as part of a complete wellness check-up. These important screening tests can help us to determine kidney health and function, identify any underlying anemia or infection, catch any early changes in the liver, as well as diagnose serious disease processes such as diabetes and hyperthyroidism. With each of these conditions, early identification and treatment before the pet starts to act sick from advanced disease can help to best control the problem and help the pet live a longer and healthier life.
Parasite prevention is another essential for keeping your cat healthy. Fleas can cause serious blood borne diseases, skin allergies, and internal parasites. Heartworm disease can infect cats and, as prevalence rises, prevention should be seriously considered for all cats – even indoor cats! Although it is true that the risk of feline heartworm disease is lower than for dogs, the consequences of heartworm disease on cats is typically more severe and does not have a definitive treatment. Regular fecal parasite testing is vital to help identify internal parasites that can cause intestinal inflammation, intermittent diarrhea, or changes in coat appearance.
If your pet has been neglecting their check-ups, call us today. We know that preventive medicine is the BEST medicine and want to help give your pet a long and healthy life.