“It’s important for people to realize that dogs and cats, just like humans, need routine medical care,” veterinarian Dr. Ruth MacPete explains. “It should definitely be done yearly in younger animals and twice yearly in older animals.”
Dr. MacPete demonstrates how a pet physical is performed.
A routine pet physical entails checking:
• Heart rate
• Health of skin
• Ears for infection
• Mouth for dental disease
• Abdomen for any masses or abnormalities
• Blood panel to screen for diabetes, kidney or thyroid disease, viruses or infection
Vet Tip: Keep Your Kitty Lean
“Obesity is a problem in dogs and cats, just like it is in humans,” Dr. MacPete says. To combat the problem, keep your cats moving! Dr. MacPete recommends:
1. Encourage active play
2. Use active play toys
3. Put food bowls and water on a counter so that your cat will have to jump up to get to it
*Check with your veterinarian to be sure your cat is healthy enough to jump.