Your Trusted Feline Professionals
There are 13% more cats than dogs in the U.S., but cats make up less than 40% of veterinary patients. There are a number of reasons cat owners don't bring their pets to the veterinarian (lack of knowledge on the importance of yearly visits, owners concerned about transporting their feline pets, or owners concerned about their pets getting stressed while at the clinic).
Our goal is to:
- Educate owners on the importance of bringing their feline pets to the veterinarian once a year.
- Educate owners on how to minimize stress while transporting their cats to our hospital.
- Limit stress while at our facility by bringing your pet straight to the exam room.
- Go above and beyond to keep the noise down while in the exam room.
- Checking clients out in the exam room to decrease exposure to other animals in the reception area.
The Importance of Yearly Visits
Pets age more quickly than we do. A 6 month old kitten is the equivalent of a 10 year old human. A 4 year old cat is the same as a 32 year old human. So skipping a yearly visit would be the equivalent of us going to the doctor every 10 years. There are a lot of changes that can occur with the body in that time.
- Cats are the most common domestic animal with rabies in the U.S.A.
- Studies show that 68% of cats over the age of 3 years suffer from dental disease.
- In the early stages of a disease, cats can hide a lot of their symptoms from the owner.
- Heart murmurs and pulmonary disease can be detected through thoracic ausculation.
- Abdominal palpation can reveal enlargement of organs.
- Ocular exams can detect signs of corneal ulcers or cataracts.
- Body condition evaluation. Overweight cats have a shorter life expectancy than normal cats. The veterinarian can go over a weight loss protocol during the yearly visit.
- When the veterinarian takes a history then can detect subtle changes that can be the marker for developing disease.
- Proper diet management
- Vaccines for several feline diseases
- Flea and/or tick control
- Discussing behavioral issues
- Detection of ear mites or ear infections
- Dental disease