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Your Cat’s Health – Annual Physical

June 4th, 2009 · No Comments · Cat Care, Cat Health

Jessie Jane's Annual PhysicalAnnual visits:

Annual Check up is a must for your cat’s health and is important for their well being & longevity. The veterinarian performing a physical examination of your cat  will ask you questions about overall health including changes you may have noticed. It is during this examination that potential problems can be picked up.

During your visit, your veterinarian will look at & discuss;

Dental examination
Weight
Skin & coat, general condition & lumps & bumps
Ears & eyes
Parasite control
Heart
Musculoskeletal exam

Your veterinarian will ask if you have any questions, this is a good time to discuss any concerns you have or ask questions on health, diet, parasite control & general cat care.

Cats 7 years & older require a veterinary examination at least once a year, twice a year is even better. With regular visits to the veterinarian any age related conditions can be picked up early & treated. Many diseases afflicting older cats can’t be cured but they can be managed & the earlier they are picked up, the better.

Between visits:

It is important to keep a careful eye on your cat & see your veterinarian if you notice any of the following;

Excessive thirst
Increase or decrease in eating habits
Weight loss or weight gain
Changes in behavior
Vomiting
Any lumps or bumps
Bad breath
Lethargy
Cough, labored breathing or shortness of breath
Increase in temperature, pulse or breathing rate
Changes in litter box habits. Constipation, diarrhea, frequent urination, straining to go to the toilet, blood in feces
Abnormal discharges containing pus or blood. These often have an offensive odor. Keep an out for discharges from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, penis or vagina.

Prompt veterinary attention should be sought if you notice any of the above. With the proper cat health care your feline friend will live a long and prosperous life

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