Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic recommends annual comprehensive physical examinations on all adult cats. This includes weight monitoring, oral exam, ocular exam, ear exam, listening to the heart and lungs with a stethoscope, abdominal palpation, and examination of the skin and fur, looking for any lumps or growths. This is also a good time to administer any due, perform their annual heartworm test, run annual blood work, and to run a fecal exam to check for intestinal parasites
Vaccinations are an inexpensive way to protect your pet against costly treatment or premature death. Many feline diseases can now be prevented through vaccinations. Even if always kept indoors, your cat can be exposed to viruses and bacteria carried in the air, dust, or on clothing. The vaccines that we offer for felines are Rabies, DRCC combo (Feline Panleukopenia or Feline Distemper, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici, and Chlamydia), Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) (if at risk). Boosters are then needed to maintain immunity every 1-3 years.
Rabies is a fatal virus that affects the nervous system. The virus is shed in the saliva and transmitted by the bite of an infected animal. ALL cats should be vaccinated, as this disease can be transmitted to people and can lead to death.
Feline Panleukopenia (feline distemper) is an extremely contagious viral disease that causes fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and collapse. This disease is often fatal especially in kittens
Feline Rhinotracheitis and Calici viruses cause upper respiratory problems in cats characterized by sneezing, loss of appetite, fever, nasal discharge and eye inflammation. These viruses are very common among unvaccinated cats. Kittens, immune compromised and older cats are at increased risk of complications associated with these viruses.
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that causes painful inflammation/swelling of the eyelids, severe discharge from the eyes, as well as sneezing, fever, loss of appetite and nasal discharge
Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a widespread virus that attacks and weakens a cat’s immune system. As a result of the weakened immune system, cats are more susceptible to illness and often die within a few years of becoming infected with FeLV. Cats that spend any time outdoors or in catteries are at increased risk of being infected. All cats should be tested prior to receiving the vaccine.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a slow acting virus and an infected cat may not show signs for years. It is transmitted through bite wounds by other infected cats or to a kitten from it’s mother. The cat’s immune system is weakened and makes the cat susceptible to secondary infections. It is in the same retrovirus family as feline leukemia but they are separate diseases.
Annual blood work is the cornerstone of early disease diagnosis. Health screening such as these are also critical for evaluating your pet’s vital organs and overall health. Our annual blood work includes a serum chemistry panel which is an evaluation of the chemicals produced and eliminated by your pet’s body. These help determine if vital organs are functioning properly. It also includes a complete blood count (CBC), an analysis of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. This evaluates your pet’s ability to fight infection, clot appropriately, and deliver oxygen throughout the body. Cedar Creek recommends annual blood work yearly or before a pet undergoes anesthesia.