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Our Cat Clinic Provides Minimal Stress Check-ups and Vaccinations

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:

  • Dental condition
  • Weight
  • Skin and coat
  • Ears and eyes
  • Heart and lungs
  •  Musculoskeletal system
  • Stomach and abdomen

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:

  •  Complete blood count
  •  Biochemical profile and thyroid check
  •  Stool exam
  •  Urinalysis

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:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Sudden change in eating habits
  • Extreme weight loss or weight gain
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Vomiting
  • Lumps or bumps
  • Bad breath
  • Laboured breathing, shortness of breath
  • Lethargy
  • Increase in temperature, breathing rate, or pulse
  • Constipation, diarrhea, frequent urination, blood in feces

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:

  • Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) – FPV is a highly contagious and often fatal virus, especially in kittens. It causes severe bloody diarrhea, pneumonia and immune suppression. The virus survives for a year indoors at room temperature and survives freezing temperatures. Virtually every cat will be exposed at some point
  • Feline Calicivirus (FCV) – This is an upper respiratory tract infection that involves nasal discharge, bronchitis, sneezing, mouth ulcers and sometimes pneumonia.
  • Feline Herpes Virus – (FHV) This highly contagious disease can be life threatening, especially in kittens. It causes respiratory flu like symptoms and can lead to pneumonia and death.

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:

  • Feline leukemia (FeLV) – This virus is spread by prolonged continual contact between cats and fight wounds. It causes immune suppression and certain cancers
  •  Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)-This is the feline equivalent of the human AIDS virus, HIV. It is NOT transmissible to humans. It is spread by bite wounds between cats and can be passed from mother to kittens.
  • Chlamydia – causes upper respiratory infection
  • Rabies – Causes fatal disease and can be passed to humans. Cats can get this virus by contact with wildlife.

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:

  • If you do not have one already, purchase a cat carrier that has a removable top. Place familiar bedding and/or toys into the carrier to make this a comfortable and safe place for your cat. Leave the carrier around the house to allow time to for your cat to become used to its presence.
  • You can come in to the clinic and purchase a product called “feliway” spray. This is synthetic copy of the feline facial pheremone (only cats can smell it) used to mark their territory as safe and secure. It has a calming effect. Spray it in the carrier. We also spray our “cat room” prior to your cats arrival.
  • When you book your appointment let us know your cat may be easily upset and we will be ready to move you out of the waiting area into an exam room quickly.
  • On the day of the visit, encourage your cat to enter the carrier on his own. If he won’t go in, remove the top of the carrier and place your cat in gently. Don’t force through the front as this will be more stressful.
  • In the car, ensure the carrier is secured and not sliding around.

 How our feline friendly methods will help your cat once at the clinic:

  • We will spray the room ahead of time with feliway and make sure a room is ready for your cat to lessen the stress.
  • Once in the room, if your carrier has a removable top, a good portion of the physical examination can be done with the cat sitting comfortably in the bottom half of the carrier, sitting on his familiar bedding.
  • The calm and gentle manner of our doctors and staff will help minimize your cats anxiety and remember to stay calm yourself and this will help your cat.
  • If needed, pain management protocols or sedatives can be given at the visit to reduce anxiety and treat any pain. Mediation before the visit is also an option.

At Home After your visit:

  • If there are other cats in the house, they may react to the unfamiliar smells on the cat returning to the clinic. Again, spraying feliway around the house will help. Consider rubbing your cat down with a familiar item of clothing before exposing him/her to the other cats.
  • leave your cat in the carrier for a few minutes once you arrive at home and monitor, if the cats show no aggressive tendencies, then open the carrier and allow them to interact under supervision.
  • If the cats show signs of aggression, separate the returning cat in a separate quiet room for 24 hours until  all the cats seem comfortable (i.e. eating normally and playing as normal) If there is a concern at this point, please call us.

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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