What if your cat could talk to you about preventive medicine?
Preventive medicine is not only important for people, but it is equally important for keeping our cats living long and happy lives. Since cats are unable to speak, they rely on their owners to provide the best possible care for them. If they could speak, what would they say to us?
One of our many jobs is to help you make proactive decisions regarding your cat’s health by providing preventive care. Each week, we see patients with problems that go unnoticed until they reach a more advanced state and begin to produce visible symptoms. We have over 30 years of experience in feline internal medicine, surgery, and dentistry. Here are some of our most important pillars in feline preventive care.
Annual Wellness Exams
Most of us visit our doctor and dentist yearly. Your cat needs to visit his or her doctor at least once yearly. In the case of cats over the age of 10, twice yearly is advised. Annual wellness exams make a major impact with regard to your family member’s quality of life. We can track your cat’s metabolic health and diagnose problems such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and cardiac disease in the early stages. Additionally, we can show owners what to watch out for as cats progress through their lives and how to take a holistic approach to their health care.
The clinic follows the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners) vaccination protocol. At Cat Care Clinic, we constantly research the latest vaccine technologies and are committed to providing our clients with the very best vaccines available and at the best possible prices. Remember, there is a big difference in vaccine quality out there. By the time people discover this, it’s often too late. We are doing our homework for you. Each cat will receive a vaccination protocol created specifically for their own needs.
Proper dental care is extremely important to your cat’s overall health. Without good dental care, we see the early onset of kidney and cardiac disease, as well as problems with many other internal organ systems. We have a page on this site which provides greater detail and comparative pictures for you to evaluate your cat’s teeth from the comfort of your own home.
Most owners forget that if your cat has parasites, such as fleas or intestinal worms, the annual visit is often their only chance to get help. Endoparasite and ectoparasite control is very easy. If your cat goes outside, we strongly advise an adult deworming once yearly. New kittens should be dewormed here (even if done at a shelter or pet store). Remember to bring a fecal sample in a ziplock bag so that we can test it under the microscope.
Our clinic provides prescription diets from Hills, Royal Canin, and Purina, as well as custom diets that can be made specifically for your cat. We take an integrative approach to feline nutrition. Diets must provide essential amino acids, carbohydrates, and fatty acids, as well as vitamins and minerals. Each cat’s age and health needs must be taken into consideration when selecting diets. We are here to guide you beyond the television commercials.