Your pet’s best health starts with thorough wellness care. The same way you prioritize yearly visits to the doctor to check up on your health, annual wellness visits help your pet maintain good health. At Annapolis Cat Hospital, we recommend you bring your cat in for a check-up once a year so that our veterinarians can provide preventative services like vaccines and make sure your cat is feeling his or her best.
A typical wellness visit includes:
Veterinarians know exactly how to spot early signs of disease. By conducting a thorough physical examination, your veterinarian can detect potential health concerns and determine which tests to run to diagnose your pet’s condition right away. The earlier most conditions are caught, the greater are your pet’s chances of a full and speedy recovery.
During a physical exam, your veterinarian will check everything, from your cat’s ears, eyes, and mouth to the function of the heart and lungs. You can also expect your veterinarian to record your cat’s weight, examine the skin and coat, and feel the body to check for unusual lumps or bumps.
Annual Parasite Testing
Our furry friends are at risk for intestinal parasites that can be transferred to people. At your cat’s annual visit, we request you bring a stool sample for us to test for intestinal parasites. We send samples to an outside laboratory that specializes in testing for parasites such as Giardia, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms.
Parasites are more than just a nuisance; they spread harmful diseases like Lyme disease, tapeworm, and bartonella. We recommend all cats, even indoor cats, take preventative medicine to minimize the risk of parasites.
We prescribe a monthly heartworm preventive, as well as flea and tick treatments and yearly deworming as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vaccines play an essential role in preventing many pet diseases. Our veterinarians will tailor your cat’s vaccine protocol to fit his or her individual lifestyle. We commonly recommend these vaccines:
- FVRCP (distemper, rhinotracheitis, calici virus)
- FeLV (feline leukemia)
Nutrition & Exercise
Proper nutrition and exercise are key components of preventive health care. More and more pets are becoming overweight or obese, increasing their risk of weight-related diseases such as diabetes, liver disease, and arthritis. We believe it is part of our job to help your cat maintain a healthy weight. Your veterinarian will discuss nutrition and exercise plans with you and suggest diet changes as needed.