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ADULT FELINE WELLNESS PLAN 8 YEARS AND BEYOND
The veterinarians and staff at Wilderness Trace Veterinary Clinic are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of your cat, from its first kitten visit, well into its senior years.
It is important to realize that the aging process is not a "disease". It is the normal slow down of the body's functions, such as a decreased metabolism, a decreased ability to fight off disease, increased tissue fragility, loss of muscle mass and decreased joint flexibility. Since the cat's body ages more rapidly than a human body, bi-annual physical exams will help discover problems in animals that may "appear" to be healthy. Remember that prevention and early intervention is always more cost effective than treatment of clinical disease. Routine physical exams of the "senior" cat will help extend the years that you enjoy with your companion.
Common problems of the senior cat include:
A comprehensive senior wellness program should include the following:
1. Coat and Skin
4. Nose and Throat
5. Mouth, Teeth, Gums
6. Legs, Joints, Paws
10. Neurologic System (spinal nerves, reflexes, monitor seizures)
11. Urogential System (urination habits, discharge, mammary tumors, anal glands, prostate)
Feline Vaccines: Rabies, FVRCP, +/- Leukemia
1. Help to establish baseline values that can be used for comparison when changes occur.
2. Can identify existing health problems that aren't detected through a physical exam alone.
3. Can assist with monitoring progress during treatment for disease
Our comprehensive senior wellness profile includes:
Additional test may be needed depending on outcome of blood work. Additional test may include: X-rays, ultrasound, blood pressure, eye testing.