Take Your Cat to the Vet!

unnamedDid you know that August 22nd is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day? You may be wondering why such a day is needed. Well, research shows that even though cats outnumber dogs as the most popular pet in the United States, they aren’t being seen by veterinarians as often as dogs. Therefore, this day was established to raise awareness that just because cats are independent and don’t often show outward signs of illness until it is too late, doesn’t mean that they don’t need an annual check-up. According to Dr. Ruth MacPete DVM, from the Pet Health Network, it is crucial to visit your vet at least once a year for the following reasons:

Why Annual Visits Are Important!

Physical Exam
Routine examinations allow veterinarians to check for signs of illness. In cats, these can be subtle and easy to overlook. Your vet will also do a head-to-tail exam to look for changes or abnormalities. The earlier medical issues are discovered and addressed the better the outcome.
Immunizations are an important way to protect pets from preventable, infectious diseases. Your veterinarian will determine which vaccines your cat needs depending on their age, lifestyle, and risk exposure.
Parasite Prevention
Your veterinarian will also check your cat for external parasites like fleas, ticks and ear mites, and check a stool sample for internal parasites, like roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and coccidia. They will also discuss products available to prevent internal and external parasites.
Depending on your cat’s age and physical exam findings, your veterinarian may recommend screening blood tests. Screening blood tests are an important way to detect diseases early, even before they become symptomatic. As cats age, diseases like diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and kidney disease become more common. Screening blood work is a great way to detect these diseases early so treatment can be started right away.

Take advantage of this reminder and make an appointment today for your cat’s annual check-up.

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