How Pet Owners Can Keep Up With Their Cat's Health Care

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Keeping up with your cat's health through an annual wellness exam is very important for the longevity and wellness of your feline friend.

Our cats can be such independent creatures, that it can be easy for many pet owners to overlook their regular wellness exams. The truth is, that cats often mask the signs of illness (it’s a survival instinct) and they really do require ongoing veterinary care. Regular health exams will often increase the quality of their lives, as well as the longevity. Plus, preventative care can help save you big veterinary bills down the road!

We understand that bringing your kitty to the vet can be a stressful experience for both you - and your cat! At Sunrise, we focus on creating a pawsitive and fear-free experience during your visit.

Understanding what happens during the wellness exam is one of the ways we provide transparency and assist in creating a comforting visit.

Here is an overview of what your vet will be looking at during a feline wellness exam:

Weight - Taking and recording the weight of your cat is very important, especially as they age. We will monitor any weight gain or loss and recommend a healthy weight for your kitty.

Temperature - Every so often a seemingly healthy pet tips off the vet that something isn't quite right simply through an elevated temperature.

Skin and Coat - Both the skin and coat are excellent indicators of your pet's health. The coat should be shiny, not brittle and coarse, and the skin should be clean and not greasy and flaky. If they are experiencing any itchiness or allergies, this can as well be assessed.

Ears - Your vet will examine both ears. Deep in the ear canal is where infections can start, and if noticed early can be eliminated before it gets too serious.

Lungs and Heart - Every good exam includes getting that stethoscope against your kitties chest and listening to the lungs and paying close attention to the heart sounds. A good ticker and breathing are important for a long life!

Abdomen - A careful evaluation of the abdomen can make surprising discoveries. Kidney issues, tumours, pregnancy and even bladder stones can all be spotted through the abdominal exam.

Mouth - Oral hygiene (see our blog post last month on dental hygiene for your cat here) is one of the most overlooked aspects of feline health care. Infected gums, loose teeth and tumours can all be present, even without your pet showing signs of discomfort. Older cats especially may have oral hygiene issues that need dental work or treatments.

Paws and Toenails - A good look at the paws and toenails is critical. Your vet may recommend clipping your pet's nails or treat any cuts or punctures on their pads. This is especially important for outdoor cats.

For the month of December only, we’re offering 40% off your pet health exam!

Call the clinic at 250.339.6555 today - holiday hours are limited.