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Anderson Creek Mobile Veterinary Services - Feline Senior Wellness
Your senior cat needs many of the same vaccines and routine laboratory tests as our adult cats. However, the aging process brings changes we need to consider. You may expect to see changes in body system functions, advancing joint health issues, and possible diet changes. We can anticipate some of these changes and predict what our pets may need by monitoring senior wellness laboratory tests on an annual basis. Supportive care recommended by ACMVS is shaped by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) guidelines for senior and geriatric cats and will be tailored to your pet's individual needs.
Rabies booster: North Carolina requires all adult dogs and cats to receive a booster one year after their initial vaccine and then once every three years. A current rabies vaccine is required by groomers, boarding facilities, and for all health certificates. Most veterinary practices, including ACMVS, also require a current vaccine while providing care to your pet in order to protect their staff. This is a "core" vaccine as defined by AAFP.
Distemper combination booster: AAFP recommends all adult cats receive a booster of their distemper combination vaccine one year after their kitten shots were complete and then once every three years. The content of this booster is individualized to the patient and their risk exposure. This is also a "core" vaccine and is required to be current by most groomers and boarding facilities.
Feline Leukemia booster: This booster is only recommended for cats with increased risk of exposure. If your car is at risk, they will receive a single booster one year after their kitten series and then annually if their potential for exposure continues.
Fecal testing: While the deworming that comes along with your cat's heartworm preventative is very effective, it is not perfect. Your cat can be exposed to intestinal parasites as easily as playing in the garden or yard with you. Many of these parasites can be spread from your pet to family members so ACMVS, and AAFP, recommends being on the safe side and double-checking them every year.
Heartworm preventative refill: We do not routinely test cats for heartworms unless they are sick. Your cat's heartworm prevention can be refilled with one of their semi-annual physical exams. Keeping them on a preventative every 30 days without fail is important in avoiding this potentially deadly disease. It is as easy as giving a flavored treat once a month and helps ensure a lifetime of health.
Senior laboratory tests: Quite often, changes in body system functions are detected by laboratory tests before they are seen on a day to day basis. With regular monitoring and physical exams, we can stay on top of those changes and anticipate what our pets' future needs may be. A Complete Blood Count (CBC) gives us information about red and white cells and how the immune system in functioning. A blood chemistry panel gives us insight to the body's organ systems and we routinely include a thyroid check in our older patients. To round it out, a urinalysis demonstrates kidney and urinary tract health.