Cats age much more rapidly than people (approximately 5 times) and some age related diseases caught in the early stages can often be controlled through medications and even simple dietary changes.
Our vets recommend a routine checkup for all cats, a minimum of once yearly, and more frequently for senior cats or those with chronic conditions. These visits are important to your cat’s unique healthcare plan. Our check ups are designed to ensure both the detection and prevention of potential diseases.
Wellness exams may include:
- Disease and parasite prevention
- Laboratory testing
During the physical examination, veterinarians can often detect conditions that may affect your cat’s health long before they become significant so they can be managed or cured before they become painful or more costly.
What is the Vet Looking For?
Have you ever wondered about what the vet is doing during your cat’s yearly check-up? It may look like the doctor is just petting or stroking your cat, but they are examining your cat’s entire health during the checkup. Some of these include:
- Abdomen and Body
- Muscle Tone and Weight
- Coat, Fur and Skin
- Ears and Eyes
- Under the Tail
- Mouth, Gums and Teeth
- Heart and Lungs
- Joints and Spine
- Taking and Analyzing Samples
Partners for Healthy Pets provides additional details about what your veterinarian is looking for while performing a check up on your cat, as well as questions you can ask your veterinarian at each stage during your cats life.
As a member of the family, your cat deserves the best possible care. Together, you and your veterinarian can best decide how to accomplish that by meeting at least annually for a check up and to talk about your pet and any changes that have taken place in their life. With the information you bring and a good physical examination, a plan will be created that meets the needs of everyone.