During the course of your cat's annual visit with us, a technician will collect a thorough patient history, the doctor will review this and perform a comprehensive physical examination. Your pet will be examined from tip of the nose to it's tail, looking to uncover any abnormal signs of disease. After a full examination is performed, your veterinarian may recommend some of the following (HINT: Underlined text contains informative links!):
RECOMMENDED VACCINES FOR FELINE PATIENTS:
FEL-O-VAX Lv-K IV + CALICIVAX VACCINE
For kittens/cats - 10 weeks or older
2 boosters are required initially (2-3 weeks apart), then given annually.
This combination vaccine will prevent against Panleukopenia (feline distemper), Rhinotracheitis (upper respiratory infection) Chlamydia, Calicivirus (upper respiratory infections) and Feline leukemia (FeLV), a form of cancer in cats.
RABIES VACCINE - For kittens/cats 12 weeks or older
Rabies vaccines must be given before 6 months of age to ensure your pet is protected. After the initial rabies vaccine, your pet should receive a rabies vaccine at least every three years. Requirements for the rabies vaccine vary from state to state.
RECOMMENDED HEALTH SCREENING TESTS
INTESTINAL PARASITE SCREENING / FECAL SCREENING / STOOL SCREENING
This screening helps us determine if your pet has any intestinal worms and other microscopic parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia or giardia. Some parasites have zoonotic potential, which means they can be passed from your pet to you or your children. Therefore, it is important to have you dogs feces checked at least every year.
A urine specimen can provide your veterinarian with a myriad of information. Including early signs of kidney disease which is the leading cause of death in geriatric patients. A Urinalysis can also show signs of early liver problems, bleeding disorders, high blood sugar or urinary tract infections, which 1 in 3 cats tend to have without showing symptoms.
WELLNESS BLOOD SCREENING
Just as with people, your pet’s health will change as it ages. Since pets age faster than people do (roughly 5-7 times faster!), major health changes can happen quickly. Pets, especially cats are great at keeping illnesses hidden from owners and veterinarians. Our doctor may recommend a wellness blood screening which consists of a basic blood chemistry profile, electrolyte panels and complete CBC) that will check your pet’s liver, kidneys, pancreas, blood sugar, minerals and electrolytes. Uncovering disease before symptoms arise can help ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life.