(Original Post Date: 8/22/14)
The doctors and staff at Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital recommend the following preventive care services to ensure that your cat lives a long, healthy, happy life!
Comprehensive Physical Exam
Regular wellness examinations- at least once or twice a year- are the most important preventive measures you can provide for your cat. Remember, cats age at a much faster rate than humans, so a once-yearly exam is similar to a human getting a physical every five to seven years. Cats don't always show signs of early disease, and they can't easily communicate discomfort to us. During the wellness exam, your veterinarian has the opportunity to detect and prevent problems at an early stage.
Rabies is a serious illness caused by a virus that attacks the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) resulting in certain death. All warm-blooded animals, including wild animals, dogs, cats and humans, are susceptible to it. The disease usually spreads through saliva, for example, when an infected animal bites or scratches another animal or human. At the present time, the number of reported feline rabies cases in the United States far exceeds that of all other domestic animals. Rabies vaccination is required by law.
The FVRCP vaccination protects against three highly contagious and potentially life-threatening diseases. Many of the viruses are considered ubiquitous, meaning they are found in virtually every place and can survive a year indoors at room temperature, survive freezing, and also survive treatment with common disinfectants. These infections are highly contagious among unvaccinated cats and easily prevented with regular vaccination.
Feline Leukemia(FeLV)/FIV Test
This simple blood test shows if your cat has a serious and potentially fatal condition. Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is one of the most destructive viruses infecting cats. FeLV tends to become a persistent infection and depresses the immune system. FeLV is an important cause of anemia in cats and is associated with cancers of several types. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) causes disease because it reduces the ability of the cat's immune system to respond to other infections. Infections that would normally be overcome and cleared become prolonged, chronic or recurrent.
Feline Leukemia Vaccination
The feline leukemia vaccination is safe and effective in protecting your cat from the Feline Leukemia virus described above. This vaccination is recommended for all cats that go outside, even on a limited basis, and cats that are exposed to other cats that go outside.
Microscopic examination of your pet's feces confirms the presence of intestinal parasites such as roundworm, whipworm, and tapeworm. Some intestinal parasites can be transmitted to people and can have serious health consequences.
Intestinal Parastie Prevention
We recommend year-round external and internal parasite prevention. Common parasites-many with complex, hard-to-fight life cycles-constantly challenge the health of cats. We can create a comprehensive prevention program specific to your cat's needs.
Please contact one of our veterinary team members to schedule an appointment today by calling (717) 766-7981. If you have activated your Petly account, appointment requests may also be made online by clicking the green "Go to Petly" button on the Homepage of our website.