At the Animal Ark we care about your cat's health. Yearly exams provide our doctors the opportunity to assess your pet's health and weight. A complete and thorough examination of your cat's eyes, ears, mouth, coat and body condition, as well as, listening to their heart and lungs, and taking their temperature are instrumental in the detection of illness and the assurance of good health. The doctor and technician will listen to any concerns you have regarding your cat, and ask questions about their behavior, eating habits, attitude and litter box behavior. These questions, combined with the physical examination will be entered into your cat's permanent medical record. Our medical team of doctors and technicians will guide you and your cat through your yearly exam with caring and compassion.
Vaccines for cats include a FRCP or feline Rhinotracheitis-Calici virus-Panleukopenia vaccine. The Rhinotracheitis and Calici virus are respiratory viruses that are highly contagious in cats and kittens. Panleukopenia virus is also highly contagious, and is also known as the 'fading kitten syndrome'. If you have a kitten you will need a series of vaccines to provide protection as their immune system matures. Adult cats should have a yearly booster to maintain protection. A blood test for Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) should be done on all cats. If they are negative, they can receive the Feline Leukemia vaccine. A rabies vaccine is required for all cats, even if they are indoor only cats. This vaccine is administered at 12 weeks of age, and again at one year, then every three years subsequently. A complete examination by the doctor prior to vaccines is required to ensure the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. A fecal test will be sent to an outside laboratory for examination to ensure your cat is free of internal parasites that can cause discomfort and disease. The doctors and technicians are happy to explain the procedures and processes to ensure your cat is both healthy and happy, and you understand the care they are being given.