We recommend an annual physical examination for healthy cats between the ages of one and nine years. During this exam, we will perform a full physical and discuss behavior, grooming, and nutrition. We will administer any needed vaccines based on lifestyle and risk factors. We will de-worm any cats that go outdoors, have exposure to fleas, or eat raw meat. We will assess dental health and make recommendations for care.
We will customize an examination and recheck schedule for adult cats with chronic diseases that are on medication and/or need monitoring.
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Semi-annual complete physical examination
We hope to detect changes on physical examination and body weight measurement by monitoring older patients more frequently.
Annual senior blood panel and urinalysis
Starting regular lab testing at 9 years of age establishes baseline values that we can monitor as your cat grows older. These tests help to catch geriatric diseases at earlier stages.
Blood pressure measurement
Like humans, cats can suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension). Hypertension can be primary or caused by hyperthyroidism, heart disease, and chronic kidney disease. All cats over the age of nine should have their blood pressure checked at least once a year. It is a simple, non-painful procedure. Early detection of hypertension can prevent serious secondary problems such as retinal detachment, retinal bleeds, and behavior changes.
Additional examinations and diagnostics may be recommended for senior cats based on our veterinarian’s assessment of patient condition and to monitor treatments for chronic diseases.
We love our older patients. The relationships they have with you, their human companions are deep and precious. But our older cats are more susceptible to many different diseases and conditions. We follow the recommendations of the American Association of Feline Practitioners for Feline Senior Care. This includes twice-yearly examinations, blood work to check for many of their more common conditions, urinalysis, and blood pressure measurement.
Geriatric Wellness Program
Cats today are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. With improved healthcare and preventive medicine programs, we are seeing more and more cats live to their upper teens and early twenties. Because changes in body condition and daily behaviors can be subtle, we rely on careful observations by you, their caretakers.
The Cat Care Clinic recommends a geriatric wellness program for all cats nine years and older to help recognize and treat diseases as early as possible. These diseases can be treated most effectively when detected in their early stages. Common signs of geriatric diseases include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, change in appetite, increased thirst, lethargy, change in elimination behavior, and failure to use the litter box. We encourage you to bring any other observations about your cat to our attention. Our goal is to work with you and use the tools available in modern veterinary medicine to maintain the highest quality of life for your cat.
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Your Cat’s Yearly Exam
Your cat’s annual trip to the vet isn’t just about vaccines. In fact, we no longer vaccinate every cat every year. The annual exam is a visit to the internist, dentist, dermatologist, cardiologist, ophthalmologist, and allergist rolled into one. The doctor will examine your cat from the tip of his or her nose to the end of the tail. We will educate you about care including behavior, grooming, and nutrition. We encourage you to come in with a list of questions because we want to answer all of your concerns.