At Northwoods Veterinary Clinic, we understand that bringing your cat to the vet can be stressful – both for you and for your feline family member. However, annual wellness exams are an essential part of keeping your cat happy and healthy. Our cat wellness exams are centered around providing a truly positive experience by using special stress-free techniques and tailoring our preventative care recommendations to your cat’s lifestyle.
Cat Wellness Exams & Preventative Care
At your cat’s wellness exam, we’ll perform a thorough nose-to-tail physical. These exams are often done in the comfort of a cozy cat bed to keep our patients feeling safe and secure. Your cat will also receive a report card at each wellness visit so you can keep track of their overall progress. In the event any abnormalities are found during our exam, we may recommend treatment or schedule laboratory testing to uncover any underlying problems.
When you bring your cat to see us, we’re also keen to know about any behavioral changes or other issues you’ve noticed at home. We can make recommendations to address a variety of problems.
Parasite control is also critical to your cat’s overall health. Based on your cat’s lifestyle, we can recommend the right product to prevent both internal and external parasites. Cats that routinely go outdoors are tested annually for intestinal parasites.
Vaccinations are another crucial element to your cat’s wellbeing. We tailor our vaccination protocols to suit each patient’s lifestyle and we follow the cat vaccination protocol developed by the AAFP. Our vaccination/wellness protocols include:
- FVRCP (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia) vaccine every 3-4 weeks from 8 weeks of age to 16 weeks of age
- Rabies at 16 weeks of age and yearly thereafter
- FELV (feline leukemia virus) vaccine given twice, 3-4 weeks apart, between 8 and 16 weeks of age, if the kitten will be going outdoors
- FVRCP vaccine given at 1 year of age and every 3 years thereafter; annual FELV vaccinations (outdoor cats only)
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