Petside.com - When it comes to routine veterinary care, dogs receive the lion’s share. According to a survey conducted by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), 58 % of dogs receive these all important exams, as opposed to just 28% of our beloved felines.
Many cat owners believe that cats don’t need medical care. This misinformation is often based on the myth that cats are more self-sufficient, but more importantly symptoms of disease often go unnoticed since cats tend to hide signs of illness.
Fortunately for felines, August 22 is National Take your Cat to the Vet Day, a special day that emphasizes the necessity of routine veterinary care for cats.
Evaluating your cat's overall health is at the core of a regular wellness examination. The wellness exam is the ideal opportunity for your veterinarian to become aware of any health problems before they evolve into serious illnesses.
Your veterinarian will weigh your kitty, listen to your cat’s heart and lungs, and give your kitty a thorough dental exam. If this is your cat’s first visit, a complete medical history will be taken by a veterinary technician or the practitioner.
Be sure to advise the veterinarian of any health issues that you have noticed in your cat, such as odd behavior, change of appetite, frequent urination, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, coughing, weight change, sluggishness, or excessive and/or loud vocalization.
During the wellness exam your vet may suggest that your kitty receive routine diagnostic tests, which include blood-work, urine analysis and/or x-rays in order to make a complete analysis of your pet's health.
And even though your kitty may appear perfectly healthy right now, if it’s been more than a year since your cat received a routine check-up, this is an ideal time to schedule an appointment.
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Written by Jo Singer