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Why veterinary care is crucial for cats

Published: Aug 23, 2012

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Cats may be independent most of the time, but when it comes to their health, they may need some help from their owners. A 2009 study found that many people only take their cat to the vet when she is sick or injured, not for routine, preventative care, which began the National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day education and awareness campaign, reports. This day is recognized on August 22, reminding owners to make an appointment at the veterinarian.

Even if your cat lives indoors, it is important she stays up to date on vaccinations, according to the news outlet. The rabies vaccination is required for all pets by law in the United States, and this will protect your cat in case she should ever get outside and be bitten by a rabid animal. It will also protect you and your other pets. Other cat vaccinations for feline distemper, herpes, and feline caliciviral disease are important, too, VCA Animal Hospitals reports.

It's also a good idea to bring your cat to the vet for early detection of health problems. A veterinarian will be able to spot things like a heart murmur, which could be a sign of thyroid disease, or dental problems, which could lead to worse physical conditions in the feline, Catster reports. When you take your cat to the vet, you have the ability to catch these issues early and potentially prevent serious ailments. 


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.