Yearly check-ups are something that a lot of pet owners skip. If their pet looks fine, they save the money. However, those routine check-ups are important and here’s why.
#1 – Staying UTD on Vaccines
Taking your kitty in for their check-up helps make sure you keep them up-to-date on their vaccines. Having your cat come down with a preventable disease simply because you missed a vet appointment is heartbreaking.
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#2 – Checking for Parasites
Part of the annual check-up normally includes a fecal test, which makes sure your cat does not have any parasites. Remember a lot of these, including worms, you can contract from your pet, so you don’t want to let this go unchecked.
#3 – Blood Test
Blood tests, which check things like liver values, are important to catch any problems. If there is a problem and you don’t catch it earlier enough, your kitty could end up with a serious, even fatal, disease.
#4 – Urinalysis
This checks to make sure your cat’s kidneys are functioning normally and their bladder is healthy. Urinary tract issues are very common in cats, so it’s important you monitor their health.
#5 – Check-in With Vet
Your cat’s annual check-up is also a time for you to ask questions. Maybe you are concerned you are over or under feeding her or that the food you are feeding isn’t nutritionally complete. Now’s the time to get all your questions answered by a professional who knows your pet.
#6 – Heart Health
Your vet will also check your kitty’s heart to make sure it’s working fine. Just like with everything else, early detection of a problem can make a difference on how well treatment goes.
#7 – Establish Baselines
One of the most important reasons to take your cat in when they are healthy is to establish baselines. If your vet has a record of what is “normal” for your cat, it will be easier for them to tell when something is abnormal.
#8 – Find Asymptomatic Problems
Some ailments your cat has shows no symptoms, meaning you will have no idea that she has a problem unless you get her checked out. Routine exams can help catch any of these “hidden” illnesses.
#9 – Retinal Health
Another important part of the check-up is the eye exam. Your vet will check your cat for abrasions/scratches, as well as any early signs of diseases like glaucoma.
#10 – Dental Health
Cat owners look at their pet’s teeth less than dog owners do, which means most of them never look at them. But they can cause all kinds of issues, including fatal infections. Vets will find any problem areas way before most pet owners will IF you take your cat to their routine exam.