Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Importance of Cat Exams

It’s comforting to know that in many cases, cats can live a good number of years. However, just like dogs, they can succumb to a variety of diseases or develop a debilitating problem later in life. To prevent or reduce the severity of these potential issues and to ensure the longest and happiest life for your pet, we strongly recommend annual physical cat exams at our animal hospital in Pittsburgh. This gives us the chance to evaluate your pet’s health and quickly address any problems that we find.

Signs of Illness in Cats
Pets don’t always make it obvious that they’re feeling unwell. Try keeping an eye out for these signs, and contact us immediately if you observe any of them in your cat:

Decreased appetite
Changes in behavior
Hiding more more often
Crying/vocalizing more than normal
Sneezing, coughing, or wheezing
Drinking and urinating more often
Going outside of the litter box
Urinating less often and in smaller amounts
Unable to pass stool
Blood in urine

What Diseases Can My Cat Get?
Some of the most common health problems affecting cats include:

Upper respiratory infections
Kidney disease
Lower urinary tract disease/urinary tract blockage
GI problems such as diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting

How Our Animal Hospital Can Help
Annual cat exams make it easier for us to detect possible health issues in your pet and treat them before they become more complex. Without regular checkups, their condition will likely get worse and be much more difficult to resolve later on.

Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian once a year so we can examine your cat from nose to tail, run blood tests to screen for parasites and monitor organ function, and recommend any treatments we think they’ll need. We also encourage you to ask any questions that come to mind about your pet’s care during your visit with us. Contact Always Compassionate Veterinary Care at (412) 882-3070 to request an appointment today!