Wellness Care for Cats
At Pet Vet Family Pet Care Center, we believe all cats should see their veterinarian at least once a year. A cat’s health can change a lot in a year due to environment, stress, genetic conditions, and routine aging. By examining your cat and discussing their lifestyle and behavior with you, our veterinarian can determine if your cat has any health issues of which you are unaware. Annual visits can also assist our veterinarians in detecting emerging health problems before they become serious.
Your cat’s annual wellness exam includes a thorough examination, appropriate vaccinations, parasite control, nutrition, weight and behavioral counseling. Our veterinarians will also be able to advise you on any preventative care measures that you can be taking to help your cat live a long and healthy life. Of course, you can request your choice of veterinarian for your visit.
Physical exam, which includes bone/Joint and muscle exam, skin and coat exam, heart and lung evaluation, eye and ear check, nutrition consultation and weight assessment, lifestyle and behavior consultation
Dental exam. People often don’t notice the poor condition of their cat’s teeth. After all, it can be difficult for pet owners to have a good look in their mouth. Dental disease can lead to the spread of bacteria through the bloodstream, settling in vital organs such as the heart, kidneys and liver and causing serious illness.
Vaccines as needed. There are many vaccines available to protect your cat from all sorts of diseases. Our philosophy is to avoid over-vaccination by vaccinating only for diseases that our patients are at risk of contracting. We follow the guidelines of the American Animal Hospital Association in choosing our “Core Vaccines.” We do not vaccinate for every disease every year. Cats need to come in for an annual examination and vaccines will be prescribed as needed.
Many people think that indoor cats do not need vaccines. This is not true. The most common carrier of the Rabies virus is bats. A rabid bat does not behave normally. It will fly into places it would not normally go. It will land places it wouldn’t normally land. From a basement door to a balcony door many floors up in an apartment building, a bat can fly in and potentially infect a cat. Rabies is extremely serious and nearly always fatal for pets and people. Make sure your cats stay up to date with their vaccines!