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Posted on 06-08-2015

How Do You Keep Your Cats Healthy?

Here at Acres Mill Animal Hospital, we offer feline wellness examinations.  Cat preventative care can help keep your cat healthy and active from kitten to senior. 

Benefits of Cat Preventative Care

All cats, whether they are indoor or outdoor cats, need preventative care.  Vaccinations help protect against common and often contagious cat diseases, including FIV and leukemia.  Rabies vaccines are mandated by law, and depending on your cat’s habits, he or she may also need vaccines for kennel cough and feline infectious peritonitis.

In addition to vaccines, your cat needs regular dental checkups and teeth cleaning services.  Cats are very susceptible to dental decay and life-threatening gum and mouth infections.

Fleas and ticks are also problematic for cats.  Fleas can cause flea dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction to flea bites.  Ticks harbor dangerous bacteria that can infiltrate your cat’s bloodstream.  If your cat is small, a large flea infestation can cause anemia due to blood loss.

Cat Preventative Care with our Veterinarian in Canton

Having your cat examined by our veterinarian in Canton can help prevent disease and catch diseases at the earliest possible stages.  Depending on your cat’s age and current health, we recommend scheduling examinations one to two times a year.

During your cat’s examination, we will take a thorough medical history.  Our veterinarian will want to know the age of your cat and his or her lifestyle, if you’ve noticed any behavior changes and what food you are currently feeding your cat.  Once the medical history has been taken, our veterinarian will examine your pet’s mouth, teeth and gums.  Your pet will be checked for pain and we will assess your cat’s body and muscle mass. 

Once the examination is complete, we will determine if your cat has any medical conditions, infections or parasitic infestations.  We may recommend a dental cleaning, and we may recommend changing your cat’s diet to improve his or her health and activity levels if needed.

Have you scheduled your cat’s wellness examination this spring?

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