Preventive Care for Cats

Dr. Barringer with a Feline PatientProlong Your Cat's Life

Star Meadow Animal Clinic provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.

Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and take into consideration your cat's hereditary factors, age, medical history, exposure potential and lifestyle.

Our recommendations for feline annual preventive care include:

  • At least one annual Comprehensive Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutritional recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions. During the exam our doctors will perform a:
    • Vital Check (Temperature, Pulse and Respiration)
    • Complete Otoscopic (Ear) and Ocular (Eye) Examinations
    • Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) Evaluation
    • Abdominal Exam and Palpation
    • Dental Exam
    • Dermatological Exam
    • Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Orthopedic Evaluation
    • Prostatic Examination (for males)
    • Lymphatic System Evaluation
    • Body Condition Score (BMI) Evaluation with Diet/Caloric Recommendations
  • Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.

  • Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Round worms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family. We recommend year-round monthly preventatives such as Frontline, Sentinel and Revolution.

  • Annual Comprehensive Diagnostic Testing¬†is completed to check for Feline Leukemia and/or Feline AIDS (FeLV/FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.

  • Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care and microchipping, which can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.