Are Annual/Bi-Annual Wellness Exams Important?

The short answer is YES! Regularly vaccinating your cats is very important to protect them from disease. However, if you are vaccinating yearly without a wellness exam, you are doing them a huge disservice.

Since our pets can’t vocalize how they are feeling, or when something is wrong, they greatly benefit from a doctor’s exam. These exams allow us to catch health concerns before they become serious illnesses. Too often we see patients with severe conditions that could have been prevented, or managed, if they had been caught earlier. During a wellness exam the doctor will take a thorough medical history, as well as discuss diet, and any behavioral issues.

During the physical the doctor will check:

  • Vital signs (temperature, respiration, weight)
  • Eyes, ears, mouth and nose
  • Heart and lungs
  • Skin and coat condition
  • Palpation of the abdomen for abnormalities
  • Condition of the joints, muscles and lymph nodes

Your cat’s annual visit may also include:

  • Blood and urine tests
  • X-rays
  • Fecal testing
  • Blood pressure testing
  • Vaccines

Remember that our cats age much faster than we do, and their health can change dramatically over the course of just a year or less. Do your part to help your furry kids live longer and healthier lives with annual wellness exams!