Trusting In Your Cat’s Annual Exam

Veterinary surveyIt’s not unusual to assume that a cat is healthy based on a lack of visible symptoms. While this may be credited to a cat’s superior achievements in the fitness department, it’s more likely that any tell-tale signs – if any – are expertly masked.

Because of this, we believe that cat owners should make a point of routinely scheduling their cat’s annual exam. Not only do these important exams serve to catch any illnesses before symptoms get out of hand, but they also support overall feline health, wellness, and longevity.

Basis For Comparison

While some cat owners are remiss when it comes to bringing in Fluffy due to his or her strong feelings about the crate (not to mention traveling, or the waiting room), it must and can be done. Logistical challenges notwithstanding, we understand that if a cat seems perfectly healthy, happy, and fit in all meaningful areas, then he or she most likely is doing well. However, long-term treatment of our patients is made possible by evaluating and comparing your cat’s recorded health trends over a period of time.

Your cat’s annual exam allows for a baseline of health to be established, so that in the future we have a basis for comparison if Fluffy ever takes ill or becomes injured.

If Your Cat Could Talk

Until we learn to speak “meow”, your cat is at the mercy of his or her instincts – and your keen observations. When sick or injured, a cat is genetically programmed to hide any deficits in order to avoid showing weakness to a predator. This is when your astute surveillance comes in handy. Any possible changes in your cat’s behavior or routine should be closely studied, and can possibly change the course of your cat’s health.

When changes aren’t noticeable (and this does happen even to the most devoted cat owners), your cat’s annual exam may illuminate certain issues compromising his or her wellbeing.

Beyond Basics

When we see your cat every year, we focus on preventative medicine and:

  • Update necessary vaccinations
  • Review the importance of year-round parasite prevention
  • Draw blood and run certain tests in our in-house laboratory
  • Discuss nutrition and exercise quotas, and make appropriate recommendations
  • Review and compare current findings with results from previous visits so we can see the big picture of your cat’s overall wellness.

Perhaps, based on his or her age, we may recommend seeing your cat every six months going forward so we can address potential effects from periodontal disease or other age-related illnesses, such as diabetes or kidney disease. By committing to your cat’s annual exam, many diseases befalling aging cats can be treated if caught early on, or avoided altogether.

We Look Forward To Your Cat’s Annual Exam

We are considered a Cat Friendly Practice, and we take feline health very seriously. Please give us a call if you have questions about your cat’s annual exam, or need to voice any concerns about your cat’s wellness. We look forward to seeing you and your four-legged furball soon!