Feline Preventative Care and Cat Vaccinations
Feline Preventive Care Exams At Our Charlotte Vet Clinic
Your cat’s comfort is our top priority after their health. When you bring your furry friend to our veterinary clinic, we do our best to seat you in an exam room as soon as you arrive so your cat doesn’t have to be bothered by any dogs. We even have a room specifically for cats and their owners! We do not allow any dogs in this room, because cats tend to be less comfortable when they can smell dogs. We also use pheromone diffusers in our feline room. Pheromones are great for relieving stress and anxiety. We handle our feline patients very gently, and go slow with our care to minimize stress for your cat.
The Value of Feline Preventive Care
Active preventive care will help your cat stay healthy for a long lifetime of family fun. Preventive care plays a vital role in the prevention of serious health problems and early illness detection. Establishing a baseline of health early on allows us to measure changes in your cat over time, enabling us to detect the onset of diseases sooner, when treatments are most effective. This is extremely important for cats, because cats don’t often let on that they are sick or show many signs of illness until they are very sick. They are exceptionally good at hiding illness from their owners. If you’ve previously owned dogs and are a first-time cat owner, be aware that dogs generally make it much more obvious when they aren’t feeling well. This is why preventive care is essential for cats!
Our comprehensive Preventive Care Exams for cats include:
Physical Exams: Our feline exams include a thorough physical examination that includes an evaluation of your cat’s coat, skin, eyes, ears, nose, throat, thyroid gland, and internal organ systems. At our hospital, your cat will also receive an individualized vaccination plan that caters to his or her needs based on factors including breed, physical condition, and lifestyle.
Cat Vaccinations: One of the many differences that sets West Ballantyne Animal Hospital apart from other veterinary hospitals is our choice of feline vaccines. This is something that every cat owner should be aware of, because not all vaccines are created equal. Please check out our feline vaccination page to learn more about our specialized feline vaccine program! We recommend adjuvant-free vaccines for cats, including rabies, FVRCP (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia) and leukemia – all depending on age, previous vaccine history and risk of exposure. We will be happy to determine a vaccine plan specifically for your individual kitty!
Dental Exams: During the exam, we will perform a thorough oral examination and dental cleaning for your cat. For more information about the dental care provided by our veterinarian, please visit our dental care page.
Parasite Prevention & Control: Our veterinarian will conduct a fecal exam each year to check for the presence of harmful intestinal parasites. We recommend bringing a fresh stool sample to your pet’s preventative care exam. Intestinal parasites are spread between dogs and cats —and some can even be spread to people as well!
Nutrition & Weight Management for Your Cat: Cultivating a balanced diet and nutrition plan is also an important part of preventive care for your cat. During the exam, we will monitor your cat’s weight so we can recommend any necessary modifications in their diet or exercise. Learn more about our nutritional counseling services by clicking here.
Feline Health Consultation: Your cat’s preventive care exam at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital is also the perfect opportunity to speak with our veterinarian about any concerns you may have about your cat’s health. We will discuss topics such as vaccines, dental care, nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle or age-related changes. Visit our kitten care and senior pet care pages to learn more about preventive care for your cat at every stage of life.