Adult Cat Care
Wellness exams keep your cat as healthy as possible!
A healthy cat is a happy cat! A regular wellness exam by one of our veterinarians, combined with a thorough history and your observations at home, is the best way to keep your cat healthy. Regular wellness exams can often detect potential health problems your cat may be experiencing. To assure a longer and highest quality of life for your cat, bring your cat to us for a wellness exam at least annually [older pets or those with health problems may need more frequent exams].
The wellness exam is an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns you have about your cat’s health with one of our veterinary professionals. Topics ranging from nutrition, allergies, and bad breath, as well as mobility issues, risk of infections and any lifestyle and age related changes, are all important for your cat’s health. Our veterinarians’ expertise is at your disposal. At Winter Park Veterinary Hospital, all aspects of your pet’s medical and wellness health are encouraged discussions!
Wellness exams at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital are structured around the following critical elements:
- A comprehensive physical examination that includes dental and body/muscle assessment, as well as an evaluation of your pet’s coat, skin, eyes and ears, nose and throat, heart and lungs, legs and paws, abdomen and gastrointestinal system, and urogenital system
- Vaccines tailored specifically for your cat
- Internal parasite prevention and flea and tick prevention as needed
- Heartworm Prevention
- Recommend testing for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, depending on your cat’s lifestyle
- Dental exam and preventative dental cleanings
- Discuss your cat’s nutrition and diet with you
Vaccines have proven important in preventing serious disease in cats. We design a personalized vaccine protocol for each cat, maximizing protection against the diseases your cat is likely to be exposed to while using the fewest vaccines possible. Our current vaccine recommendations are based on up-to-date research and the incidence of disease in our area. During your cat’s exam we’ll ask you questions to assess your cat’s individual risk, based on his/her lifestyle, and then design a customized vaccine protocol. This can be modified as needed when that lifestyle changes, so be sure to let us know so we can keep your cat protected!
Internal Parasite Prevention and Control
Cats are susceptible to a number of internal parasitic infections, several of which are able to infect people in addition to animals. Therefore, parasite prevention is not only important for the health of your pet, but also for the health of your family.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are troublesome parasites of the skin. Flea and tick prevention is important because these pests not only cause problems with the skin, but they also possess the ability to transmit a number of diseases to the cat. Fortunately, there are many safe and highly effective products available at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital that will treat and prevent flea and tick infestations.
Cats get heartworm, too. Heartworm is a worm that resides in the heart and lungs of infected cats. It is transmitted by mosquitoes that transmit heartworm larva from cat to cat when bitten. These larva then develop into adult worms that over time cause heart disease and respiratory problems in cats. Fortunately, this is a preventable disease, and there are a number of excellent monthly heartworm preventatives available at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital. These products, when administered year-round, provide outstanding protection against heartworm disease. Our team at Winter Park Veterinary Hospital will help guide you through which product and prevention plans are best suited for you and your cat!
Professional dental cleanings
Dental care is very important for your cat. During your cat’s wellness exam, your veterinarian may suggest a professional dental cleaning for your cat. For more information about Winter Park Veterinary Hospitals’ dentistry services, please click on dental care, listed under general medicine.
Nutrition and Diet
For extensive details about Winter Park Veterinary Hospitals’ nutrition and diet counseling, please click on Nutrition and Diet, listed under general medicine.
If you any questions about your cat, please give us a call. We are here to help. Contact us to schedule a feline wellness exam for your cat.