An Annual Comprehensive Wellness Exam is one of the most important things you can do for your pet. Even if your pet has had several veterinary visits during the year due to illness or other problems, please make sure to bring your pet in for his or her annual wellness exam.
As cats age, we generally see changes in their behavior. The wild and crazy playful activities we associate with kittens gives way to adult cats sleeping in the sun and prowling around the house. We commonly presume senior cats will take even longer naps in the sun or on our beds. It is important, however, to differentiate normal feline behaviors from abnormal ones, as some behavior changes in aging cats arise from pain and are definitely not normal.
What kind of behavior changes might I see in my cat that could signal pain?
One of the most common pain-associated behavior...
Total enrolled in S.T.E.P.S. this month: 6
S.T.E.P.S. is a new healthy living initiative for pets which is designed to help with weight management by incorporating families working with an Animal Hospital of North Asheville veterinarian, online support, and an informational Facebook page with community activities. The S.T.E.P.S. program is open to dogs and cats to join at any time, and there is no registration fee.
To order to enroll your pet in S.T.E.P.S., he or she must have had an Annual Comprehensive Physical Exam at Animal Hospital of North Asheville in the last 12...
By: Dr. Warren Riggle
Dogs and cats are living longer and healthier lives thanks to regular physical exams and wellness blood tests. Wellness blood and urine tests are a thorough way of assessing your pet’s general health. Dogs and cats cannot tell their family or their veterinarian the subtle signs of illness that humans express. When dogs and cats begin to show outward signs of illness, the health concerns are often so advanced that they are no longer treatable. “Survival of the fittest” is Mother Nature’s rule. If an animal is out in the wild acting sick, they will not survive...
Feline Vomiting and Diarrhea – IBD
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Comments from specialists:
- We do not believe it is ‘normal’ for cats to vomit hairballs, but feel it is symptomatic of gastrointestinal disease, especially IBD and its various presentations.
- Cats are built to eat a lot of hair from self-grooming, grooming other cat friends and eating small, furry rodents.
- I might accept vomiting one or two hair balls a year as possibly normal. However, it is more likely the cat is vomiting for some other reason and ...
Years ago, a veterinarian might detect a heart murmur during your pet’s annual examination, and you might have heard the comment, “We’ll watch this.” Not too long ago, veterinary medicine was limited in what could be done diagnostically, and effective heart medications had not been developed. Now, with new diagnostic capabilities, new knowledge and new medications, many pets with heart disease are living longer and more comfortably than was possible previously.
Animal Wellness Exams
An annual wellness exam is one of the most important things you can do for your pet to maintain their good health. Even if your pet has had several veterinary visits due to illness or other problems, they should not skip their annual visit.
An annual exam is a much more thorough physical and dental examination than can be done during illness visits. Your pet’s overall health will be assessed and recommendations will be outlined for keeping your pet healthy. Among other things, the doctor will decide...