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Overview of Cat Plans
Here are examples of what products and services that can be part of the feline plans or available as add-ons. For the complete plan options, please contact the hospital.
Physical Examination: This is the most important part of a health care plan. A physical exam allows the doctor to detect many potential health concerns at an early stage. Early diagnosis can help your cat live a longer and healthier life. We also discuss any behavior issues so that you can keep building that happy relationship with your cat.
Fecal Exam: This test is used to identify the presence of intestinal parasites including "worms" and microscopic “bugs” in your cat’s stool. These parasites are commonly picked up from the outdoor environment and can be transmitted by fleas so even indoor cats are at risk. They can cause a variety of health problems for your cat even though you may not see the symptoms. They can also be transmitted to people, posing a health risk to your family.
Pet Blood Profile: This blood screening test allows the doctor to perform an internal exam on your cat. If everything is normal we now have a baseline for your cat at this stage in their life, however, things may be starting to change on the inside before symptoms develop on the outside. Early detection of problems will help your pet to live a longer and healthier life. We conduct a Complete Blood Count (CBC) and a Biochemistry panel which checks the kidneys, liver, pancreas, glucose, proteins and electrolytes.
Flea Preventative (1 year supply): The plan can include your cat’s flea prevention for a year. Whether your cat goes outside or not, our winters are mild enough that fleas persist all year round and they are happy to hitch a ride into the house and start a family. Choices include monthly topical products like Revolution or Advantage, or a Program injection that lasts for 6 months.
FVRCP Vaccine: This protects your cat against many upper respiratory diseases. These viruses are so highly contagious even indoor cats are at risk because they’re airborne and can be transported on your clothing or skin.
Feline Leukemia and FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) Test: This test checks for 2 immune deficiency diseases that can be transmitted from the mom to her kittens or from another cat through a bite wound. Although cats can live a long time with these diseases, they will be prone to reoccurring infections that can eventually develop into certain forms of cancer.
FeLV Vaccine: The Feline Leukemia Vaccine (FeLV) will protect your cat from getting this disease which is spread by being bitten by an infected cat. If you plan on letting your cat outside or are afraid they may sneak out, this vaccine is a good idea.
Soft Paws Application – 2 feet: Soft paws are vinyl nail caps that glue to your cat’s claws. They cover the claw tips so that no damage occurs when your cat scratches. They are an excellent alternative to declawing. This does not include the purchase of Soft Paws – only the application. We will show you how to do it so that you can do for yourself afterward.
Nail Trim (4 feet): We will trim your cat’s nails to help reduce damage by scratching or climbing. This will also get your cat used to having their nails trimmed so that you can do it at home.
Abdominal Ultrasound: This is a screening test for certain purebred cats (Himalayan, Persian, and Ragdoll breeds or mixes of these) prone to polycystic kidney disease. We take a look at the internal structure of the kidneys to determine if they appear normal
Ear Cleaning: This is a routine cleaning done by a technician to remove mild to moderate amounts of earwax from the ear canals.
Ear Flush: This process removes earwax from fully impacted ear canals in the case of severe/chronic ear mite infections.
Complete Dewormer: Throughout the year, your cat may require a complete dewormer which will treat round and tapeworms. This would be needed if your cat goes outside where they can pick up roundworm eggs from the soil or if they are hunting (mice carry tapeworm eggs).
Urine Test: A urinalysis checks for crystals, infection or cystitis (a painful bladder condition). For cats that have had these issues in the past we will monitor for any reoccurrence and start treatment sooner.
Radiology (2 views): As your cat ages we can perform screening x-rays to check the chest and abdomen for changes in the heart, lungs or abdominal organs. We can also check certain joints in the body for arthritis. (Sedation not included.)
Dental Cleaning: As your cat ages, a dental cleaning will be needed to remove the dental tarter from your cat’s teeth. If this is done regularly, we can reduce the development of periodontal disease and the need for teeth to be extracted. (Extractions not included.)
Spay/Neuter: It’s never too late to consider spaying or neutering your cat. This can tame some behaviours making your cat calmer and can prevent or reduce or eliminate the risk of many health problems i.e. pyometra (uterine infection), mammary (breast) and prostate cancer. After performing your cat’s Blood Profile, included in the Basic Health Care Plan, we will determine if they are able to undergo surgery.
Partial Declaw: Extra claws in between are particularly troublesome since they tend to curl around as they grow. They can be difficult to trim and often grow into the underside of the paw causing pain and infection. We can surgically remove these claws during your cat’s spay/neuter to prevent this from happening.
Microchip I.D. : Microchipping is a safeguard to ensure your pet has an ID so you can be contacted if your pet is ever found stray.