August 22nd is National Take Your Cat to the Vet day. Even though cats outnumber dogs as the most popular pet, they aren’t getting seen by veterinarians as often as dogs. Today is a good reminder to make that long overdue appointment for your cat’s yearly preventive care exam.
Your kids go to the pediatrician once a year, you see your dentist every 6 months, and even your car gets an oil change every 5000 miles; so why aren’t people taking their cats to the veterinarian for routine care? It seems hard to believe, but according to the American Humane Society, cats go the veterinarian half as often as dogs and many people only take their cat to the vet when their cat is sick.
The fact is cats need preventive care too! While they are masters at hiding illness, they also suffer from many of the same diseases as their canine and human counterparts.
Routine examinations allow veterinarians to check for signs of illness. In cats, these can be subtle and easy to overlook. Your vet will do a head-to-tail exam to look for changes or abnormalities. The earlier medical issues are discovered and addressed the better the outcome.
Immunizations are an important way to protect pets from preventable infectious diseases. Your veterinarian will determine which vaccines your cat needs depending on their age, lifestyle and risk exposure.
Your veterinarian will check your cat for external parasites like fleas, ticks and ear mites, and check a stool sample for intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and coccidia. They will also discuss products available to prevent internal and external parasites.
Depending on your cat’s age and physical exam findings, your veterinarian may recommend screening blood tests. Screening blood tests are an important way to detect diseases early, even before they become symptomatic. As cats age, diseases like diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and kidney disease become more common. Screening bloodwork is a great way to detect these diseases early so treatment can be started right away.
No one likes to go to the doctor and cats are no exception. In fact, many pet parents avoid taking their cat to the vet because their cat hates to go. Check our web site for Cat Travel Tips that will make the journey easier.
The goal of routine medical care is to prevent preventable illnesses and to detect diseases early while they are easiest to treat. Take advantage of the exceptional veterinary care available and bring your cat to us for a checkup!