Prolong Your Cat's Life
Illiana Veterinary Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life. Our veterinarians emphasize the importance of annual physical exams, to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Vaccinations are a critical part of protecting your pet from contagious and potentially fatal diseases. Our veterinarians make annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). At our hospital, every pet will be examined by one of our veterinarians prior to being vaccinated in order to ensure that they are healthy. During this time, other aspects of preventive care will also be discussed.
Annual preventive care for cats typically includes:
- Physical Examination — At least one physical examination is recommended annually for our veterinarians to evaluate your pet's overall health. At this time, our veterinarians will also take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, discuss behavioral problems, and review any known medical conditions or suggest additional diagnostics or procedures on a case-by-case basis.
- Vaccinations — Vaccines are recommended based on your cat's age, medical history, and lifestyle. Core vaccines include Feline Distemper Vaccination and Rabies Vaccination, which is required by law in Illinois and Indiana. Additional vaccines such as Feline Leukemia may also be recommended for your pet.
- Fecal Examination/Deworming — Annual testing is recommended to check for intestinal parasites, especially for outdoor cats since these parasites are contracted from contact with fecal contaminated material from infected animals. If parasites are detected, your veterinarian will begin a treatment program.
- Additional Diagnostics — Based on the findings of the physical exam and history, our veterinarians may recommend additional testing such as bloodwork, urinalysis, or radiographs to help identify any internal issues.
Your veterinarian will also discuss other services such as spaying/neutering, declawing, dental cleaning or microchipping, that would benefit your pet's health and well-being and advise you on any questions you may have regarding your cat's health.