(Original Post Date: 3/9/15)
According to the 2012 edition of U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, there are approximately 74.1 million pet cats compared to 70 million pet dogs in American households. Unfortunately, the national trend is that more dogs are receiving proper vet care compared to cats. At Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital, we want dogs and cats to receive the best healthcare to ensure a long, happy life!
That's why we're making changes to how we care for our feline patients.
We understand that cat and dog behaviors are not equal, and that's a big reason why it's easier to bring a dog in for a "social" wellness vet visit each year, while we often only see cats when they are very ill. Cats experience a trip to the vet very differently than our dog friends.
You've probably seen some hilarious pictures circulating on social media depicting that difference, with the enthusiastic, tail-wagging dog bursting at the seams as he anticipates his visit to see all of his friends at the vet, while the terror-stricken cat is bug-eyed and has his nails extended in terror as the car begins to pull out of the driveway!
Hundreds of years of breeding of our canines have created the socially adjusted, family dog, while cats have been left fairly alone in their genetics, naturally maintaining their original tendencies to be solitary hunters and avoid or hide from confrontation.
Our staff is committed to welcoming our feline friends on their level, by providing educational tips to our clients, creating a feline-friendly facilty, training our staff to read and respond to subtle feline behaviors and modifying our feline-handling techniques.
Here are a few of the specific changes we've made:
Our mission at Willow Mill Veterinary Hospital is to provide the best healthcare for all of our patients, and we recommend regular wellness visits every 6-12 months. We are committed to making those visits calm and peaceful for our canine andfeline patients alike! If you are interested in learning more about the importance of feline healthcare, please call our office at (717) 766-7981.