The Wellness Exam
To ensure your cat’s health, we recommend having your cat examined at least once per year. Older cats, or cats who are unwell, may require more frequent veterinary visits. During a wellness exam, we will assess your cat’s vital signs and perform a complete nose-to-tail examination. We will take the time to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have regarding your cat’s health, behavior, or welfare. Our ultimate goal is to keep your cat healthy and strengthen the human-animal bond you share with your cat!
Early Detection Lab Work
Depending on the age and lifestyle of your cat, we may recommend blood or urine testing. These tests screen for common illnesses such as diabetes, kidney disease, and hyperthyroidism. Cats typically do not show symptoms of these diseases until advanced stages, but early detection lab work enables us to make a diagnosis and initiate treatment before your cat gets sick. Running early detection lab work also establishes a baseline in your cat so that even slight changes may be detected, if your cat does get sick at a later time.
We make vaccination recommendations following the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) guidelines, and according to your cat’s individual needs. We take into consideration your cat’s age, lifestyle, and risk factors when making recommendations. We will help minimize vaccinations by following a three year schedule, when able. Most importantly, we use the absolute safest, non-adjuvanted, vaccines on the market, made specifically for cats.
Many people do not realize that heartworm disease can affect cats, too! In Texas, even indoor only-cats may be at risk. Because cats are not the natural host for this life threatening parasite, diagnosis can be complicated, and there is no safe treatment for cats with heartworm disease. Monthly heartworm prevention is a safe and effective way to keep your cat protected.
A comprehensive preventative care program includes parasite screening. You may be asked to bring a fecal sample from your cat’s litter box to your appointment with you for this screening.