Prolong Your Cat's Life
Hudson Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Routine physical examinations are the key to your pet's health. The exam helps us determine if your pet is healthy or if we suspect illness. It is what we base our recommendations on for diet, medications and diagnostics. We feel so strongly about the importance of the physical exam that, with the exception of rabies (for public health reasons), we will give no vaccines or medication without a concurrent exam.
Annual preventive care for cats typically includes:
- At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
During the exam our doctors will perform a:
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
- Temperature Reading
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Dermatological Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies* and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.
Feline distemper vaccine protects against panleukopenia, rhinotracheititis and calci virus. These viruses are highly contagious diseases of cats that often cause death. Symptoms may include high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal discharge, loss of appetite, dehydration, and depression.
*State law requires that all pets have a current rabies vaccine. We will not provide services to any client who refuses to vaccinate their pet against rabies. We will not hospitalize or perform surgery on any pet not current on their core vaccines.
- Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.
- Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.
- Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.