It’s almost 2017! Toward the end of December, a lot of us sit down to make our New Year’s resolutions, whether it’s to spend more time with family, eat better, exercise, etc., but have you ever thought about your pet?
As we start to think about how we want to better ourselves, let’s resolve to help our feline companions be healthier too so they can live long and happy lives along with us.
Did you know that just one year in a cat’s life is equal to 5 – 7 human years? A lot can change in that amount of time! For this reason, we recommend that all cats get annual exams (or semi-annual exams, depending on their age) so they can be at their very best.
Our top 3 reasons to make routine veterinary exams a priority in the coming year:
1. Routine exams provide a good baseline.
- If your veterinarian is familiar with your kitty and knows what is normal for them when they are healthy, then it is much easier to detect small changes as time goes by, and it helps them determine the best way to proceed when they do get sick.
2. Cats are experts at hiding their symptoms.
- Cats naturally mask illnesses and injuries as a survival strategy for living in the wild. Unfortunately, that means it’s easy to not notice when something is wrong until a problem is more advanced. Thankfully, however, veterinarians are experts at detecting things that may seem invisible to the naked eye.
3. Your veterinarian can examine your cat in a way that is impossible to do at home.
- Did you know that just by touching your cat’s abdomen, your vet can get a lot of information about their internal organ function? Not to mention their heart, lungs, mouth, lymph nodes, inside of the ears, and anal sacs… All from just one exam! Also, depending on what’s appropriate for your cat, they have the ability to do more in-depth tests too.
- It’s equally important to be able to detect subtle weight changes which can be a sign of underlying illnesses. Unfortunately, home scales usually aren’t accurate enough to show small increases or decreases in weight with animals like cats.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, then we welcome you to give us a call at (503) 968-6000 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you!