Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 22nd is a very important day for our feline patients, even though most of them would loudly disagree. It’s Take Your Cat To The Vet Day! We know, given the option, most kitties would probably rather take another nap than come visit us. However, proper veterinary care is very important to Fluffy’s health and well-being! A local Rockville, MD vet offers a few tips on taking your pet to her doctor in this article.

Comfy Carrier

The car ride is often more of an issue for cats than the appointment itself. Make the trip easier on Fluffy by putting some soft bedding into her carrier. It will also help to leave the carrier out sometimes, so she gets used to it.

The Trip

When driving over, try to stick to roads that don’t have a lot of bumps or potholes. Keep the radio playing softly, and crack a window. You can also use pet-calming products to soothe your furry friend.

Regular Appointments

It’s definitely much better to keep up with preventative care than to try and treat issues once they have developed into full-blown problems. We recommend that all kitties be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on vaccines and parasite control. Once your pet is an adult, she will need to come in at least once a year for exams. Some cats, however, may need more frequent appointments. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Emergency Trips

In between appointments, keep an eye out for signs of illness. Some common ones are hiding, unkempt fur, vomiting, diarrhea, litterbox issues, lethargy, respiratory issues, and changes in appetite. Fluffy may also be cranky, and she may vocalize more or less than usual. Weight changes can also be a red flag. Keep in mind that many kitties instinctively try to mask signs of illness. You may not notice anything wrong until your cute pet is very sick!

Purr Reactivation

Kitties definitely are homebodies. No matter how loudly Fluffy protests the indignity of being forced to go on a car ride, she’ll likely immediately settle down when you get her home again. Offer your furry buddy a yummy treat or a new toy to get her motor started back up.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Rockville, MD vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here for you!

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