The American Veterinarian Medical Association recommends that every pet have annual veterinary visits for preventive care. Yet less than half of cat owners in the United States take their cats to a veterinarian on a regular basis. In 2009, the company Feline Pine created Take Your Cat to the Vet Day to build awareness of the need for regular veterinary care for cats.
The American Veterinarian Medical Association notes that cost is an issue for about 20% of cat owners and transportation is an issue for about 5%. But it also stresses that about 54% don’t take their cat to a vet simply because there are no signs of sickness. One problem with this approach is that cats, while fully susceptible to many of the same diseases as people, are also masters at hiding illness. In other words, by the time our cats are acting sick, they may be dangerously sick. Not only does this make recovery and life in general more difficult for our cat, but it can also result in costly bills which might have been avoided with routine visits.
What does your vet do during these routine visits and why are they important? According to Pet Health Network, a vet performs:
Physical Exam: Your veterinarian will check for signs of illness and do a head-to-tail exam to look for changes or abnormalities.
Immunizations: There are an important way to protect pets from preventable infectious diseases.
Parasite Prevention: Your veterinarian will check your cat for external parasites like fleas, ticks and ear mites, and internal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and coccidia. They will also discuss products available to prevent parasites.
Lab Work: Depending on your cat’s age and the results of its physical exam, your veterinarian may recommend blood tests. These are an important way to detect diseases early so treatment can be started right away.
If you’ve been procrastinating that annual check-up, Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is the perfect time to make an appointment. Routine medical care cannot only help your feline friend stay supple and healthy, but it can also catch diseases early when they are easier to treat. Why not call your vet today?