National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day ~ August 22nd
It seems hard to believe, but according to the American Humane Society pet parents who own cats only bring them to the vet half as often as dogs! To educate pet parents on the continuing importance of regularly scheduled vet appointments, August 22 has been declared as National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. The consequences of not keeping up to date with a cat's health can not only be expensive, but also decrease a cat’s life expectancy if they are not given the proper attention.
A physical exam for a pet will allow a veterinarian to check the cat for any signs of discomfort or illness, as well as looking for any abnormalities from head to tail. The earlier any medical issues are discovered, the better a vet can diagnose the problem and get symptoms under control. Immunizations are also an important way to keep a cat healthy because they protect them from preventable infectious diseases. Depending on a cat’s age, lifestyle and risk exposure, a vet will determine which 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. But there are ways to get a cat used to their carrier, such as putting a treat inside and leaving the door open for them to explore. Verbal praise and gentle stroking in and around the carrier will reassure a cat that the carrier is not scary, but a safe place for them. For pet parents whose cats get skittish around dogs, there are some vets who offer care specifically for cats. Pet parents can visit www.catvets.com to see if there is a vet in their area. Also, research mobile vet services. Mobile services offer comprehensive care in the home.
The benefits of taking a cat to the vet and being assured they are 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!