Wellness exams are designed to promote good health and identify potential problems early enough to increase the chance of successful treatments and reduce the long-term costs of serious diseases. Cats are experts at hiding their clinical signs. By the time a cat reveals to the owner that he is sick, the illness may have progressed too far to successfully treat. Early detection of illness is the key to keeping your cat healthy.
Cats today are living longer and better quality lives than ever before, thanks to improved nutrition, veterinary care and educated owners. Understanding the aging process and the most common problems that face cats are the first steps in providing the best possible care to felines.
We want to make sure your kitten begins life’s journey on the right track, covering all needed health and wellness care for the first year of life. We test to make sure that we’re starting out free from FeLV and FIV, and then we ensure that rabies and FVRCP pediatric vaccines are administered at the proper time intervals. We will also discuss if the FeLV vaccine is appropriate for your kitten’s lifestyle. We check for intestinal parasites and deworm if necessary. And of course, when it becomes time to spay or neuter, our caring staff is at the ready. We will also discuss microchipping at the time of surgery.
Your cat is in it’s prime years between the ages of 5 and 9. Junior Wellness screening is meant to obtain a baseline of what is normal for your cat so that any changes can be addressed before they become a problem and consists of a thorough physical examination, complete blood count, serum biochemistry panel, heartworm screening as well as intestinal parasite screening.
Your cat is considered a senior between the ages of 10 and 13. Cats in this phase of life are susceptible to illnesses such as chronic kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes. Senior Wellness screening consists of a thorough physical examination, complete blood count, serum biochemistry panel, thyroid function test, and complete urinalysis. Based on the findings of these tests appropriate diet or medication recommendations will be made.
The main focus of geriatric health care is owner education and detection of disease. Cats over 13 years of age more are susceptible to illnesses such as chronic kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypertension and urinary tract infections. Geriatric screening typically consists of a thorough physical examination, complete blood count, serum biochemistry panel, thyroid function test, complete urinalysis, urine culture and blood pressure monitoring. The Cat Doctor is devoted to keeping your geriatric cat happy, healthy, and comfortable for as long as possible.