Cat Health Care

Every cat loves car trips! Right??

Most cats aren’t thrilled about car trips. We know how tough it can be to bring them in for appointments at Ralston Vet. We’re here to help! This video provides some practice tips you can use to make things more comfortable for your cat.

Kitten
  • Physical exam
  • Intestinal parasite screening and treatment
  • Kitten FVRCP vaccine
  • Nutritional and behavioral recommendations
  • Heartworm, flea and parasite prevention recommendations
  • New Kitten Kit
  • Physical exam
  • Intestinal parasite screening and treatment
  • Kitten FVRCP vaccine
  • Feline leukemia FIV test
  • First leukemia vaccine*
  • Heartworm, flea and parasite prevention recommendations
  • Nutritional, dental and behavioral recommendations
      • Physical exam
      • One year rabies vaccine
      • Kitten FVRCP vaccine
      • Second leukemia vaccine*
      • Heartworm and flea prevention recommendations
      • Nutritional, dental and behavioral recommendations
    • Pre-surgical exam
    • Pre-surgical bloodwork
    • Spay or neuter
    • Microchip (may be done earlier if desired)
    • Additional vaccinations if needed
    • Fluoride treatment

* Our Doctor Staff will discuss lifestyle risk factors for your pet.

    • We recommend measured, portioned feeding of an age-appropriate, high quality diet combined with a regular, structured exercise regimen (Play times, daily walks, etc.). Ask your veterinarian to recommend the proper diet for your cat.
Adult
  • Annual comprehensive physical exam
  • Intestinal parasite screening and treatment
  • Rabies vaccine
  • FVRCP vaccine
  • Leukemia vaccine
  • Professional dental cleanings as needed
  • Heartworm, flea and parasite prevention recommendations
  • Nutritional and behavioral recommendations

We recommend measured, portioned feeding of an age-appropriate, high quality diet combined with a regular, structured exercise regimen (Play times, daily walks, etc.). Ask your veterinarian to recommend the proper diet for your cat.

    Any cat can develop arthritis. Knowing the signs of arthritis pain will help you determine when your cat may need veterinary attention. Ask these simple questions:
  • Is your cat not as active?
  • Is your cat not going to the litter box?
  • Is your cat not using him favorite sleeping place
  • Is your cat reluctant to climb stairs or jump up?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, talk to your veterinarian.

Mature
  • Physical exam
  • Intestinal parasite screening and treatment
  • Kitten FVRCP vaccine
  • Nutritional and behavioral recommendations
  • Heartworm, flea and parasite prevention recommendations
  • Nutritional and behavioral recommendations
  • Organ biochemical profile
  • Complete blood count
  • Thyroid test
  • Urinalysis

We recommend measured, portioned feeding of an age-appropriate, high quality diet combined with a regular, structured exercise regimen (Play times, daily walks, etc.). Ask your veterinarian to recommend the proper diet for your cat.

    Any cat can develop arthritis. Knowing the signs of arthritis pain will help you determine when your cat may need veterinary attention. Ask these simple questions:
  • Is your cat not as active?
  • Is your cat not going to the litter box?
  • Is your cat not using him favorite sleeping place
  • Is your cat reluctant to climb stairs or jump up?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, talk to your veterinarian.

Preventive Dental Care

Quality dental care is vitally important to your cat's preventive health care.

70% of cats over the age of 3 suffer from periodontal disease; you can add 2-4 years to your pet’s life with proper dental care. The health of your cats teeth depends on routine home care and regular professional scaling and polishing. Without regular care, periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis, can affect the gums and the bone supporting your pet’s teeth. Advanced oral disease can increase the risk of infection that leads to tooth loss, heart, liver and kidney disease.

In cats the most common cause for tooth loss is resorptive lesion. Studies found 28-67% of domestic cats develop at least one of these painful lesions during their lifetime.

Warning Signs of Dental Problems

If your cat displays any of the following warning signs, contact us for a dental exam.

  • Bad breath.
  • Tartar buildup on teeth (this is a yellow or brown build up at the base of the tooth).
  • Changes in eating habits.
  • Abnormal drooling.
  • Gums bleeding.
  • Tooth loss.
  • Swelling or growth in mouth.
  • Change in behavior.

More Common Dental Problems

What to expect when you bring your pet in for an annual dental cleaning

  • Patient arrives in the morning and will stay for the day
  • Pre-Anesthetic Blood Screen (recommended).
  • General Anesthesia.
  • Thorough Oral Exam.
  • Periodontal disease evaluation.
  • Digital X-Rays.
  • Extractions (if needed).
  • Scale and Polish.
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Patient is moved to recovery and monitored.

For more information read our dental Blog

Ways you can protect your cat's teeth and gums at home

  • Brush your pet’s teeth daily. We recommend the use of a enzymatic pet toothpaste. (do not use human toothpaste.)
  • Pet oral rinse to treat gingivitis or infection.
  • Chews made for dental disease like Greenies®.
  • Diets like Science diet® Oral care or Prescription Diet® T/D.
  • Schedule annual oral examinations and dental cleanings.
  • Ask your veterinarian about other ways that you can care for your cat’s dental needs.
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