Annual Wellness Recommendations - Feline
Every patient at our clinic receives an annual physical exam with a veterinarian to check teeth, eyes, ears, lung sounds, heart sounds, check for any lumps/bumps, etc. This also maintains a current doctor/client/patient relationship and allows our clinic to continue prescribing any necessary medications (such as monthly heartworm prevention) throughout the year. A new client visit is typically scheduled for 60 minutes to allow you plenty of time to meet our staff and doctors and have all questions and concerns you may have. Once we have an annual physical exam, you can bring your pet in for vaccines and labwork for 365 days without seeing a doctor or paying for another physical exam. We do not have a fee for an "office visit" so if you needed vaccines or labwork drawn, it would just be the cost of that item(s). The only time you would pay for another physical exam would be if your pet is ill or you want to speak to a doctor and have them assess your pet during the year.
There are two vaccinations that we recommend to all of our feline patients. These vaccinations are Rabies and FVRCP. We follow AAFP guidelines for our feline vaccination recommendations. You can find more information on American Association of Feline Practitioners at http://www.catvets.com. Rabies is the only vaccination required by law, but we do highly recommend that all cats remain current on the FVRCP vaccine, which is given every 3 years. There are other vaccinations we can discuss for your kitty depending on lifestyle.
Intestinal Parasite Exam and Labwork:
You may see other recommended items such as an intestinal parasite exam (stool test), annual labwork/senior labwork (blood test), and heartworm prevention. We recommend that your cat remain on monthly heartworm prevention for their entire life. We recommend Revolution, which can be purchased as individual monthly doses or six packs.
We recommend an annual intestinal parasite exam to ensure your pet is negative for worms and other intestinal parasites that can be transmitted to your other pets and your family! We also recommend annual labwork/senior labwork. Labwork is recommended for pets of all ages, however, the type of labwork that we recommend changes as pets age. Young pets should have labwork prior to anesthesia (for spay or neuter) and then yearly as a baseline for what they look like healthy. This gives us a comparison as they get older. As they age, the labwork profiles before more in-depth and extensive and allow us to find out more about the pets' internal health. The earlier we catch problems with kidneys, liver, thyroid, etc, the easier those diseases are to control (through diet and medications). Depending on the age/lifestyle of your pet, we may recommend a FIV/Feline Leukemia test. These are both very serious infectious diseases that would be important for both parties to be aware of.
If you are cost conscious, but still want to provide your pet the optimum care possible, many of our clients like to split up their visits over the course of a few months. You could bring in your cat for an exam and then choose a couple of additional services to perform that day. You could come back a few weeks later and have more tests/vaccines done to help split up the cost. Alternatively, Care Credit is a medical credit card that can be used at many dentist, surgery and veterinary offices. If you would like to apply for this card to use for pet's medical services, you can do so at www.carecredit.com.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call our clinic and speak with a team member about your options and our recommendations.
As always, we know you have options when choosing a veterinary facility and we appreciate that you trust Animal Hospital of Rowlett and Diagnostic Center/Animal Hospital of Heath with your cat's veterinary care!