Our veterinarians do a complete nose to tail assessment of your cat during every preventive care visit.
What do we look for?
By performing lab work annually, we may be able to spot underlying disease processes early and create a treatment plan before symptoms become severe.
- Body condition score: Checking your cat’s weight and body condition on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being too thin and 5 being too heavy.
- Coat condition: Checking if your cat’s coat is dry, oily, has any dandruff and whether your cat is grooming itself regularly.
- Eyes: Checking for any abnormalities and assessing vision.
- Ears: Checking for any debris.
- Mouth: Checking dental health including plaque, tooth decay, gingivitis and overall gum health.
- Heart and Lungs: Listening for any abnormalities and assessing any heart murmurs.
- Abdomen: Palpating abdomen for any abnormalities and checking for changes in size of liver, kidneys and the large/small intestine.
- Pain Assessment: Checking on a scale of 0 to 4 by applying pressure during examination at certain points and watching for reaction with 4 being very painful and 0 being no sign of pain.
- Walk/gait: Checking for any stiffness or abnormality when walking/jumping; looking for signs of pain or potential joint disease.