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Cats are very special pets and at the Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital we recognize that they are often nervous coming in for a check-up. Our veterinarians and staff are experienced in the gentle handling of cats and will be able to make his or her check-up and vaccine visit as stress free as possible. Call our cat friendly clinic at the Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital in Surrey, BC for more information or to make an appointment.
Don’t make the mistake of believing your cat needs medical care only when sick. The truth is regular annual check-ups and important vaccinations against serious diseases are needed to ensure your cat will live a long and healthy life. It’s during annual check-ups that early signs of illnesses are caught so that preventive measures can be started.
Your Cat Needs an Annual Check-up
When you visit our cat clinic, our veterinarian will thoroughly examine the following:
Our veterinarian will also ask you questions about your cat’s behaviour. Anything new or different that you have noticed about your cat’s behaviour or may provide important information about possible health problems. The annual check-up is a great time to ask any questions you have about your cat’s health or behaviour.
Senior Cats are Special
For senior cats, annual checkups may require a more thorough examination, as they are more prone to health problems than young ones. Here are some tests that may be suggested for your senior cat:
These tests provide a clearer picture of a cat’s overall health. More tests may be required if the results of the standard tests indicate potential problems.
Your Cat May Need Medical Attention Between Checkups
Of course, you don’t have to wait for your cat’s annual check-up to bring your pet to the doctor. If you notice any worrisome problems, don’t hesitate to call or visit our hospital. Seek Medical Attention if Any of These Symptoms Appear:
Keep Your Pet Cat’s Vaccinations Up To Date at Our Cat Clinic
There are two categories of pet vaccines: core and non-core. Core vaccines are those that are an absolute must for your pet. Non-core, meanwhile, are for illnesses that may occur only in certain situations or locations and are given to your cat only if he or she is at risk. 1. Core vaccines include the following:
Important – These vaccines are considered “core” (every cat should have) vaccines because they are highly contagious, potentially fatal, found almost everywhere in the environment and virtually every cat will be exposed at some point in their life. One convenient vaccine (FVRCP) provides protection for all three. 2. Non-core vaccines include the following:
Important – These immunizations are considered “non-core” because are only administered when certain risk factors are present. e.g. cats that spend time outdoors or multi-household cats. We understand cats and we’ll do everything possible to keep your cat happy and comfortable. Whether it’s an annual check-up, vaccination, illness, or accident
We are a Cat Friendly Practice
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Here are some tips guidelines for before, during and after your cats visit adapted from American Animal Hospital Association, and the American association of Feline Practitioners:
Before your visit:
How our feline friendly methods will help your cat once at the clinic:
At Home After your visit:
At the Kennedy Heights Animal and Bird Hospital, it is our goal for your cat to have a positive experience no matter what the reason for your visit. Health care is vital to ensure a healthy and long life for your cat. Call us for further information on cat vaccinations or to book an appointment for your cats check up at (604) 591-5304.
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