Senior Cat Exam

My senior cat is coming in for an annual exam, what should I expect?

As our cats age there are some slight changes to their routine annual exam. Although all of the previous areas are still addressed, there are some additional concerns that come with their advancing age.

Below is what to be expected for the typical kitty over 7 years old. There is some variation depending if your cat is strictly indoor, or spends some time outdoors as well.

For Indoor Cats

A complete exam- check from nose to tail, including:
- Checking eyes, ears, mouth and teeth- many senior cats may be showing signs of periodontal disease, and we may recommend a dental cleaning with possible extractions.
- Heart and Lung Sounds
- Feel abdomen
- Check temperature
- Weight check
- Discuss any questions or concerns
- Wellness Bloodwork- we recommend that blood values be checked yearly to watch for many metabolic problems. We can often find a sign of trouble before your cat is showing any signs.
- Sometimes when a pet is on a medication continuously, or there is a medical concern we may recommend blood work every 6 months.
- Update vaccines: Rabies, Distemper (FVRP)
- It is important as our cat’s age to protect them against these diseases, often their immune system is weaker as they age and they can be more susceptible to viruses. Also, when our senior pet gets sick, often their immune system is not as effective at fighting disease as it was in their younger days.

For Outdoor Cats

A complete exam- check from nose to tail, including:
- Checking eyes, ears, mouth and teeth- many senior cats may be showing signs of periodontal disease, and we may recommend a dental cleaning with possible extractions.
- Heart and Lung Sounds
- Feel abdomen
- Check temperature
- Weight check
- Fecal analysis to check for intestinal parasites (if able)
- Discuss any questions or concerns
- Wellness Bloodwork- we recommend that blood values be checked yearly to watch for many metabolic problems. We can often find a sign of trouble before your cat is showing any signs.
- Update Vaccines: Rabies, Distemper (FVRP), Feline Leukemia (FeLv)
- It is important as our cats age to protect them against these diseases, often their immune system is weaker as they age and they can be more susceptible to viruses. Also, when our senior pets get sick, often their immune system is not as effective at fighting disease as it was in their younger days.
- Pick up Frontline for flea/tick prevention and treatment
- Pick up Profender for routine de-worming every 3 months

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