Regular physical exams by a veterinarian are an essential part of a proactive, and
preventive approach for a healthy cat. Wellness checkups play a key role in the
early detection of serious illnesses, especially since our pets can't tell us when
there's something wrong. Cats age more rapidly than people and changes in health
status may occur more quickly. For adult cats, we recommend having exams performed
every 6 months, especially for pets older than 5 years of age.
SPAY / NEUTER
We generally recommend that kitten's be spayed or neutered at approximately 6 months
of age, but some variations may apply to certain breeds and in certain circumstances.
Consult with your veterinarian for specific recommendations.
We recommend that every pet be microchipped regardless of age. It can mean the
difference in whether a lost pet is returned home safely. Microchipping is a
simple procedure that can be done in the exam room or while under anesthesia
for other procedures. Some cities require microchipping for pet registration.
Dental cleanings are recommended annually starting as early as 2 years of age.
Brushing your pet's teeth regularly promotes good oral health.
FOOD / NUTRITION
Your cat's health starts with nutrition. The foods you feed your cat will have a
life-long impact on overall wellbeing. We recommend feeding your cat a healthy,
all-natural, meat-based or grain-free food that is free of dyes, fillers and
low-quality ingredients. Choosing a healthy food can be difficult, which is why
we only carry healthy foods that our veterinarians feed their own pets.
Senior cats face many of the same challenges and life stage changes as senior humans. Much
like people, senior cats need more care and attention than juvenile and adult cats - there's
no way around it. At a minimum, your senior cat should be examined by your veterinarian at
least twice per year. Regular checkups by your vet are the best method for early disease
detection and preventative care, which are key to ensuring your cat lives a long and
SENIOR WELLNESS SCREENING
These tests are recommended for dogs starting at an average age of 7 depending on the
size and lifestyle of your dog.
- Complete Blood Count (CBC), Serum Chemistry, and Urinalysis - These
tests check for signs of diabetes, liver and kidney disease, thyroid problems, anemia and
platelet disorders, and electrolyte imbalances. Checking these early can help prevent or treat
any of these issues from becoming a big problem and help extend the life of your cat.
- Digital Radiographs (X-ray) - X-rays show internal structures, so
we can quickly diagnose many conditions that can't seen by just looking at your pet. We can also
see pictures of tissues, organs, bones, and foreign objects like swallowed items or bladder stones.
- FAST Scan Ultrasound - Ultrasounds help us look inside the bladder,
kidneys, prostate or uterus. If your pet is having problems urinating, recurrent infections or
bloodwork shows kidney problems or infection, an ultrasound can be invaluable.