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Take Your Cat to the Vet Day!

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is a day recognized for the importance of cat’s well beings and health on August 22.  According to the American Humane Society, cats go the veterinarian half as often a dogs, and cat owners will only take their pets to the vet if they believe they are ill. Unfortunately, this results in a variety of situations that can arise when a cat’s health is not given the proper attention.  Like dog’s, it can often be difficult to see when they are not feeling well. 

A physical exam for a pet will allow a veterinarian to check the cat for any signs of discomfort or illness.  During the physical exam, the vet will examine a cat for any abnormalities or changes on a cat from head to tail.  The earlier that any medical issues are discovered, the better a vet can get diagnose the problem and get symptoms under control.  Immunizations are also an important way to keep a cat healthy.  They are an important component for a cat’s health, and protect them from preventable infectious diseases.  Coincidentally, August is also known as National Pet Vaccination Awareness Month.  Depending on a cat’s age, lifestyle and risk exposure, a vet will determine what vaccinations are needed.  Next, the vet will check a cat for fleas, ticks, ear mites and other external parasites before getting a stool sample to confirm that there are no internal parasites in a cat’s body.  The vet may want to discuss parasite prevention products that are available to keep pesky parasites away.  Lab work may also be required, again depending on a cat’s age and physical exam.  Having blood drawn will show if a cat is in the beginning stages of any common disease that come with age, including diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and kidney disease.

Pet parents may avoid taking their cats to the vet because they know how much it stresses out their cat, and how hard it can be to get them in a carrier.  An option in this case would be a Mobile Vet or House Call Veterinary Service which will help reduce the stress. Nonetheless, the benefits of taking a cat to the vet and being assured a cat is in good health far outweigh the negative possibilities. 

Take advantage of quality vet care in your area and take your feline friend for a visit!