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What to Expect at your Annual Visit

At The Cat Clinic of Louisville we understand that cats are masters of hiding illnesses and injuries from their owners. We also understand that your cat is a member of your family and you want them to be as healthy and happy for as long as they can be. This is why we recomend keeping your cat up to date on vaccinations as well as brining them in for a check up once a year. Nearly half of the cats in the US are not brought in for annual check ups after their first year, and only brought in once they have already began to show signs of illness. ​Annual examinations allow for our doctor to catch any issues early, which can lead to better rates of recovery and more treatment options for you pet. 

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Wellness Exam

One of the best first steps to keeping your cat healthy is to bring them in for a yearly physical examination. During this exam our doctor looks your cat over, starting from the tip of the nose and going to the tip of the tail, checking out everything in between. Physical examination is the first line of diagnostics with any visit.

Vaccinations

FVRCP: The FVRCP vaccine is recommended on an annual basis. The FVRCP vaccine is a combination vaccine that prevents against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia.

Rabies: The rabies vaccine is required by law in Jefferson County. With previous vaccine history this can be done on a 3-year basis.

FeLV: The FeLV vaccine protects your cat against Feline Leukemia, a very contagious and currently incurable disease that is often spread between feral cats. This is recommended to any cat that spends large portions of time outside unsupervised.

Fecal Testing

Parasites are never a fun situation to deal with, but catching them early can halp prevent health issues caused by our not so welcome visitors. We recomend fecal testing on an annual basis, even if your cat lives inside all the time. Intestinal parasites can be transmited to your cat in numerous ways, and being inside does not mean they are immune, so remeber to bring in a sample at your next visit.

Annual Blood Work

As cats age, there are a number of common old age diseases that can developed. Cats age much faster than humans, and because of this, these diseases can develop quickly. We recommend beginning annual bloodwork when your cat is around the ages 6 or 7. Cats are masters of hiding illnesses, so its important to start by getting a basline for what your cats organ functions look like and watch for any changes as the years progress. 

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