Feline Wellness Examinations
Felines are remarkable and unique animals. They generally hide illness and pain until they are unable to continue doing so. For this reason, it's critical that they undergo an annual wellness exam. They may easily be able to hide problems from you, but our veterinarians are well equipped with the best instruments and technology to catch things early and give them the best chance to overcome medical issues.
Wellness exams can be a relatively painless and even enjoyable experience for you and your cat. If you have a cat that does not like the veterinarian or becomes reactive, please let us know. We have medications that we can send home with you in advance and we can use additional calming pheromones at the time of the appointment. Our lobbies are large enough that your cat can be placed away from excited dogs and other cats if desired. If they are highly anxious, we can even have them brought into an examination room immediately upon arrival.
Once you're in the examination room, the veterinarian will weigh your cat. Weight changes in cats are incredibly important. Sometimes, a slight decrease in weight is the only indication of an underlying disease.
Our veterinarians always carry out a full head to tail examination. Unlike clinics which opt for shorter appointment times in order to get more animals through, we focus on thorough quality medicine and usually allot a full 30 minutes for a wellness examination. We scope the ear canals, examine the eyes, feel the lymph nodes, palpate the abdomen, check the mouth and teeth, note the gum colour and stickiness, assess the fur, and skin, and we watch the cat stand, posture and walk to asses whether there are signs of other issues.
Please bring all of your questions with you to the wellness examination and feel free to raise any concerns your may have. We will have lots of questions for you, such as what type of food you're feeding your cat, how often you feed, and whether your cat is always using the litter box. Cats are fastidious creatures and should never soil outside the litterbox, so if they do potential causes will be discussed.
There are two core vaccinations for cats. The first is abbreviated FVRCP. This stands for: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. All of these diseases are highly contagious among cats and unfortunately they are still prevalent enough in the national capital region that we see several cases every year. The second core vaccination is Rabies. Cats are born hunters, and even if they do not ever go outside, there is always the possibility that they will sneak out, fall out an open window, or a bat or rodent will enter the home that could transit the fatal disease to your feline. For cats who go outside, or who may come into contact with other cats, we recommend the FeLV (Feline Leukemia) vaccination. Feline Leukemia is a viral disease transmitted by blood or saliva and causes changes in the cat’s body that may cause anemia, lymphoma or make them immunocompromised and susceptible to other diseases.