Feline Leukemia and FIV
Feline leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) are two viruses that suppress a cat's immune system, making them unable to fight off other infections. Unfortunately, once infected, both of these viruses are usually fatal, although it can take months to years for symptoms to develop. We advise that all cats be tested for both of these diseases when they are brought in for their first exam.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are common problems for potentially every pet owner. New advances in parasite control products are now available, making treatment and prevention of these troublesome and disease-carrying pests much easier than in the past.
The recognition of heartworm disease in cats is becoming more commonplace in recent years. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes and are considered a major problem in Lower Michigan. There is now a very accurate heartworm test for cats and very effective heartworm preventatives which we recommend for all cats going outdoor.
Providing a complete and balanced diet is essential to maintenance of good health. All cats should be on a quality diet made specifically for cats. The doctors can talk to you about your pet's dietary needs in more detail and make recommendations, as needed.
Dental care is also emphasized at an early age; we recommend prophylactic brushing at home to lessen the accumulation of tartar and plaque that will lead to periodontal disease. We recommend that pets have annual dental check ups. Professional dental cleanings are recommended, as needed, performed under general anesthesia.
Intestinal worms (roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms) and other intestinal parasites (coccidia and giardia) frequently cause serious disease of the gastrointestinal tract. A stool sample is tested upon your pet's first visit and then annually.