Cats and Kittens

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Annual Examinations

We recommend yearly wellness examinations for your pet. This will give us a chance to evaluate your pet's overall health and to detect problems before they turn into serious illnesses. Because your pet cannot tell you how he or she is feeling, we rely on a thorough physical examination and your observations of your pet in order to determine if your pet is truly healthy. For senior pets (7-years-old and over), we recommend twice a year visits.

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What will happen during the wellness examination?

We will ask you several questions about your pet's health history. Be sure to mention any unusual behavior. Some examples are:


The 12 body system physical examination will include:

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If any abnormalities are found during your pet's examination, we may recommend additional test to diagnose or confirm a health problems.

We may also recommend baseline screenings of blood, urine and feces to help assess your pet's health from year to year.

Because your pet ages more quickly than you do, it is essential that you bring in your pet for an exam at least once per year, and more frequently as your pet gets older or develops health problems. Getting an exam on your pet once per year is the same as you getting a physical only once every six to eight years. Because so much can change with your pet's physical health in such a short amount of time, you cannot afford to have your pet miss even one exam!

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Vaccinations

Immunizing your pet against disease is one of the best tools of preventative medicine. Vaccines are inactivated or altered live disease agents that cause the immune system to produce a protective response specific to that disease.

Is my pet at risk?

Your pet's chances of being infected are based on several factors:

Are vaccinations safe?

Yes. The majority of pets respond well but as with human vaccines, there are some risks. Fortunately, serious side effects are rare. The most common side effects of vaccination are low-grade fever, depression or decreased appetite. These are usually short-lived (24-48 hours), require no treatment and are similar to what people experience after a flu or tetanus shot. Vomiting, diarrhea, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or extremities and hives are some of the rare allergic reactions that can occur.

Cats should be immunized against:

Vaccines may be appropriate based on where you live and your pet's age and lifestyle. How often you should have you pet vaccinated against certain diseases depends on many factors. Discuss these with us to understand what is recommended for your pet' unique situation.

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Surgery

All pets not intended for breeding should be surgically spayed / neutered for many important reasons. In addition to improving the health and behavior of your pet, you will be doing your part to reduce the high unwanted pet population in cats. Millions of unwanted animals are euthanized each year because good homes are limited and most pets simply cannot be adopted out.

The Benefits

Females:

Males:

Your pet will not get fat or lazy because of this surgery. Diet, exercise and heredity have much more influence on the weight and attitude of your pet.

Surgery can be performed as early as four and six months of age, but can be done at any age thereafter. Surgery is performed while your pet is under general anesthesia. At the Gardner Animal Care Center we require a pain management program. Surgical risk is minimal and your pet will go home the same day.

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Nutrition

A recommendation by your veterinarian is based on knowledge, experience and caring. We want to help your pet live a longer, healthier life. We recommend Hill's pet food. It offers the right balance of advanced nutrition based on age, activity level and special needs, avoiding both excesses and deficiencies of key nutrients. It also has a great taste that pets love.

Hill's also has a special food line used by veterinarians to help manage the nutrition of pets with a variety of disease conditions. Hill's uses only quality ingredients and have more scientific research than any other pet food company.

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Senior Program

We're pleased to introduce a program that will help us provide the best care for your senior pet: Celebrate Seniors! Living longer, living better-starting at 7.

As your pet enters his/her senior years, he/she may start to develop diseases common to senior human counterparts, such as diabetes, cataracts, arthritis, hypothyroidism and cancer. These diseases can go unnoticed in their early stages and many develop rapidly, making regular monitoring and blood testing very important. Here are a few facts important to senior pets:

You play a key role in maintaining your pet's health because you know your pet better than anyone else. With your watchful eye and our medical care, we can establish baseline information, identify illnesses early and provide effective treatment to help your pet avoid serious or life-threatening conditions.

Please ask us about our senior program that we offer starting at 7 years of age.

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Microchip

The HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service is a safe, simple and permanent form of pet identification designed to quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners. Over 10 million pets become lost each year.

The chip is no bigger than a grain of rice and contains a unique ID code capable of being read by an ISO standard scanner. The microchips biocompatible material is extremely safe for the animal. It is a passive device and requires no battery.

Microchipping your pet takes just seconds, is relatively painless and does not require anesthesia. You will then have the paperwork to enroll your microchipped pet in the HomeAgain nationwide recover database. A professional recover team is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. A successful recovery occurs approximately every 6 minutes.

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