Animal Wellness Minneapolis, MN

Sickness is not the only reason pets require veterinary care. To keep them in their best health, pets have to be taken to wellness centers for individualized care.

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Taking Your Healthy Cat to Animal Wellness Center Minneapolis, MN

A cat wellness examination, sometimes referred to as a 'check-up' or a 'physical exam,' is a medical examination of a cat in good health. Cat owners who wish to maintain or enhance their cat's health must take their pet to Animal Wellness Center Minneapolis for a wellness screening. A wellness screening test is also helpful in the early detection of certain diseases or conditions.

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The Frequency of a Wellness Examination

Your cat's age and current health condition will determine the frequency of your visit to Animal Wellness Center Minneapolis. Generally, however, wellness examinations are recommended monthly during early kittenhood, annually for the average adult cat, and semi-annually for middle-aged, senior, and geriatric cats. Pets mature more quickly than humans. But, the belief that one calendar year equals seven years in a cat's life is false. A cat can age the equivalent of four to sixteen years in a human's life in a single calendar year. This indicates that by the age of 6, cats are middle-aged, and between the ages of 11 and 14, they are seniors. Cats are considered geriatric when they reach the age of 15.

Pet Wellness Minneapolis Physical Examination

The veterinarian examines the cat's overall appearance using different senses and tools during a physical examination. They use a stethoscope to listen to the cat's breathing sounds and heartbeat. In addition, vets check specific body parts to palpate or feel for the following:

  • The level of alertness and interest your cat has in its surroundings.

  • Your cat's overall health - whether or not your pet is at a healthy weight and in good shape.

  • The muscle condition for any signs of muscle wasting (the weakening or shrinking of muscles due to lack of use).

  • Oiliness, dryness, dandruff, lumps or bumps, areas of abnormal thickening on the skin, etc.

  • Redness, discharge, evidence of excessive tearing, abnormal lumps or bumps on the eyelids, how well the eyelids close, cloudiness, or any other eye abnormalities.

  • Discharges, thickening, hair loss, or any other indicators of health concerns in the ears.

  • Facial symmetry, discharges, breathing, and any difficulties with skin folds or other visible disorders in the nose and face.

  • Tartar build-up, redness or swelling in the gums, retained baby teeth, broken and missing teeth, excessive salivation, bad breath, ulcers in or around the mouth and teeth, etc.

Visiting Cat Clinic Minneapolis

Prior to the wellness assessment, your veterinarian will request you to collect a fresh sample of your cat's stool. This sample will be processed and examined under a microscope (stool examination) for parasite eggs. Because intestinal parasites are common among kittens, monthly fecal or stool exams are crucial.

Other Assessments and Diagnostics Performed in Animal Wellness Center Minneapolis

Your veterinarian will typically recommend screening tests as part of a thorough health examination. These tests can help them develop an individualized care plan for your cat. Complete blood count (CBC), biochemistry profile, urinalysis, and thyroid hormone testing are the four primary types of wellness screening tests advised for cats. When your vet sees it fit, they may order or request other diagnostic procedures. Your vet or vet technician will advise you on how extensive the tests should be, their purposes, rates, etc.

Connect With Animal Wellness Center Minneapolis, MN.

We are dedicated to consistently improving our facilities and practices to provide your pet with high-quality veterinary care for whatever its health condition is. With us, your pet will receive the best services from competent and compassionate veterinary care providers.

Dial (612)-552-3962 for more information about our team, facility, services, offers, rates, etc. You may also use that number or fill in our online form to schedule your cat's wellness screening.