Our veterinarian near West Des Moines offers wellness care checkups for kittens and cats.
Your cat deserves the best in veterinary care. Our local staff is dedicated to providing, not just emergency care, but ongoing wellness for your family pet.
Animals of all kinds need consistent, regular professional medical attention throughout their lives. Veterinary wellness checkups enable you to help ensure that your cat receives the proper diagnostic, examination and preventative treatments necessary to ensure optimal health on a daily basis.
Annual Wellness Checkups
When your cat gets their annual wellness checkup, here’s what you can expect! First, a physical examination will be done to help catch any potential obvious problems such as deformities, growths, areas of pain or discomfort, or motility issues.
During the visit, you’ll discuss your cat’s health at home, and you’ll have the opportunity to convey anything that may be concerning you, such as changes in behavior or appetite, or anything else that’s changed since the last visit. Grand Avenue Veterinary Hospital will also ask you specific questions in order to highlight common potential issues, as well as to get a better sense of your cat’s lifestyle at home.
Next, your cat’s file will be carefully reviewed, with an eye toward ensuring that all preventative treatments and any local government-mandated animal treatments are brought up to date during the annual wellness checkup. These may include things like:
- Parasite control treatments
Annual wellness checkups provide the chance for your cat to receive any diagnostic procedures and treatment in a wide range of service areas. Additional services that may be conducted during your feline’s annual veterinary check-up include items such as:
- dental examination and treatment
- blood testing
- heartworm testing/treatment
- flea dipping
- FIV testing
- Parvovirus testing
- and more
Wellness Checkups for Special Situations
Consistent wellness checkups are also crucial for cats that fall into special categories, such as aging felines and relatively newborns, like kittens.
Senior Cat Care
Older felines often develop a range of age-related issues, such as loss of appetite, mobility challenges and failing eyesight. Veterinary wellness checkups support the healthy aging of your beloved cat to help ensure the quality of life for as long as possible.
At a minimum, you should strive to have your new kitten get a visit when they are about eight weeks of age. Early wellness checkups can reveal health conditions you should be aware of, as well as to build a baseline of health that can be used throughout your new cat’s life. In addition, if you’re a new feline owner, you can receive valuable advice and tips on caring for your kitten, such as tooth brushing techniques and parasite control.
These are just some of the many services and treatment options available during routine veterinary wellness checkups at Grand Avenue Veterinary Hospital.