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Adult Cat Care

Annual Health Care for Cats

The Indian Head Animal Hospital is committed to promoting a preventive care program to our cats throughout their entire life. Please remember that our feline friends age 3 or 4 years for every one of ours. This would suggest that their health problems develop 3 or 4 times faster than ours. These health care recommendations are aimed at preventing common diseases of cats and detecting common health problems in aging cats. Early detection and appropriate therapy should allow your cat to live a longer healthier life.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND FOR CATS

All Cats

  • Annual Physical Exam
  • Diet: Feed a premium or prescription diet appropriate for the age and health of your pet. Good nutrition maximizes health; helps prevent FUS, skin and coat disorders, obesity, and other physical problems.
  • Blood testing for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids
  • Vaccinations: We will develop a vaccination program for Distemper, Rhintracheitis, Calici, Leukemia, and FIV, based on your pet’s needs.
  • Rabies vaccination
  • Annual Fecal testing for parasites
  • Drontal Worming for internal parasites
  • Heartworm and internal parasite prevention (Interceptor, Advantage Multi)
  • Flea and Tick prevention (Advantage Multi, Frontline)
  • Dental Care: Home care and professional cleaning as needed
  • Prompt diagnosis and treatment of any medical problem

For Cats That Go Outdoors

  • Leukemia vaccination
  • Annual Leukemia and Aides Testing: This is especially important for indoor/outdoor cats that live with indoor cats.
  • Frontline for tick protection
  • Advantage Multi for heartworms, hookworms and roundworms
  • Drontal twice yearly worming for internal parasites

For Cats That Go Outdoors and Fight Add

  • FIV vaccination

For Cats That Share a House With an FIV Positive Cat

  • FL/FIV testing
  • FIV vaccination

For Cats That Share a House With a FIP Positive Cat

  • FIP testing
  • FIP Vaccination

For Cats 9 or More Years of Age

  • Annual geriatric blood testing
  • Ask for pamphlet on Senior Health Care Work-Up

For Cats 12 or More Years of Age Add

  • Annual EKG
  • Annual blood pressure
  • Annual T4 testing (hyperthyroidism)
  • Twice yearly geriatric exams