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Kittens

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It is important that kittens get their first check-up soon after they reach six weeks old. It is at that point that they begin to lose the immunity they received from their mothers. This is when your or kitten should begin to receive a series of vaccinations to protect them from viruses and bacteria.

When Dr. Schwister first meets your  kitten, she will perform a thorough physical of the teeth, eyes, ear canal, checking for intestinal parasites and examining the heart and joints. She will also discuss diet, grooming, flea control, heart worm, socialization and house training of your kitten.

Mature Cats

Senior cats  should receive a physical exam that screens for diseases that become more common as your cat ages. Aging cats often have more health problems than aging dogs. They are checked for high blood pressure, dental problems, arthritis, diabetes, and kidney disease.

Complete Preventative Care

Cat ExamAs with dogs, Dr. Schwister makes preventative care recommendations based on standards established by the American Veterinary Medical Association. In making those recommendations, she take into consideration your cat’s hereditary factors, age, medical history, and lifestyle.

Physical Exam

Your cat should have at least one Physical Examination per year. At that time, our staff will take a medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.

During the exam your cat will receive:

  • Ear and Eye Examination
  • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
  • Temperature Reading
  • Abdominal Palpation
  • Dental Exam
  • Dermatological Exam
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation

They will also be tested for:

  • Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (Felv/FIV)
  • Early stages of diseases that cannot be detected during a physical exam

 Vaccinations 

Among the vaccination recommendations will include ones for Rabies and Feline Distemper. We suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.

We also prescribe products to prevent and repel heart worms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites  also protects your family.

Nutritional counseling

Fat Cat“Fat Cat” isn’t a joke. In fact, many owners do not realize that their cat may be overweight. Weight and nutrition are important aspects of cat care and they should not be overlooked. Nutritional Counseling is important not only to maintain your cat’s proper weight, but also to help prevent some allergies and diseases such as kidney, liver, and cardiac conditions. In addition, there are specially formulated foods that help with dental care. Overweight cats face several dangers such as: heart disease, painful joints, increased risk of arthritis, increased risk of diabetes, and problems during anesthesia and recovery from surgery. Cats with healthy weights can live up to two years longer.

Keeping your cat active and on a well-balanced diet are important factors in fighting obesity. Whether your cat is overweight or needs special health care management and treatment, we counsel you on the available options.

Microchipping

We know that to lose your cat can be devasting. That’s why Lakeview Animal Clinic offers microchipping. Ask us about this service to protect your best friend.

To microchip, a particle approximately the size of a grain of rice is inserted in the cat’s neck. The procedure is no more uncomfortable than a vaccination.

The chip contains information about you and how you can be contacted. The chip is then registered with the company that manufactured it. If your cat turns up in a shelter or veterinary office, the chip can be scanned and your cat returned.

Safety Tips For Cats

  • Cat Eating a PlantOutdoor cats can especially become dehydrated in hot weather. Change the water everyday.
  • Never leave your cat in a car. An automobile can become an oven in a very short time.
  • Provide Parasite Prevention. Talk to your veterinarian about parasites that can attack your cat.
  • Protect cats from things that can poison them. Many household plants can make a cat sick if it eats them. Cats who live outside are susceptible to pesticides, herbicides, and other outdoor chemicals.
  • Make sure your cat is not getting into your garbage cans. Spoiled food can be a major danger.