Annual Health Screening
As part of your cat's annual wellness program we will give your cat a thorough physical exam. This procedure allows us to determine the overall physical health of your cat, and helps alert us to any physical problems that may be present. The physical exam, however, does not allow us to determine the overall health of the internal organs. A blood profile will help us detect any liver and kidney problems as well as check for anemia, diabetes and infections. We recommend this screening for all cats 2-7 years of age. If your cat is 8 years or older, ask about our senior care program. As in all health evaluations early detection is the key as it allows for more and better treatment options. If you have any questions please feel free to call.
Getting your kitten off to the right start is imperative to protecting their health and offering them the optimal ability to grow up healthy, disease and parasite free. If you begin your kitten with us and complete all of the recommended treatments, we offer a significant discount on spays and neuters, starting at $55.
Senior Care Program
Today, people live longer, healthier lives than they typically did years ago. In large part that's due to a better understanding of the importance of factors that can influence aging, such as preventative health care and nutrition. Similarly, the cats that make up such an important part of our lives are also living longer, healthier lives. We are observing that a growing number of our patients are feline 'senior citizens.' Part of the reason that cats are able to live longer now than a few years ago is the tremendous advances that have occurred in veterinary medicine. A greater knowledge of diseases, diagnostic procedures, and treatments are available to us today. Perhaps the greatest reason for why animals live longer, better lives is the increased knowledge that the pet owners have about the importance of preventative health care measure - immunization, parasite control, spaying and neutering, and early disease detection, to name a few.
As cats age, they, like people, have a greater risk for developing certain diseases and conditions. For example, we know that the incidence of problems such as heart disease, kidney disease, malignant and benign tumors, arthritis, loss of vision, and oral/dental disease increases with advancing age. However, when such conditions are diagnosed in their early stages, treatment to cure such disorders or delay their progress can be given in most cases. For that reason we recommend that all of our patients that are 8 years of age or older have an annual geriatric examination, a complete physical examination, a complete blood count, blood chemistry profile, urinalysis, and radiography. When the evaluation is complete and all the test results have been received, we will discuss the findings with you and advise you of any needed treatment or change in diet.
Just as when people have an annual physical, in most cases the results are normal. Even then, it's good to know that everything is all right, and the evaluation provides valuable 'baseline data' to which to compare future results. If a condition is revealed, you know it has been discovered as early as possible and treatment can be started. Importantly, we can work with you to ensure that your pet lives a long, healthy, and happy life. It's the least we can do in return for all the love that our pets give us.
If you have any questions about our senior care evaluation for your pet for now or in the future, please call us any time during normal business hours. We look forward to talking with you.