Preventive Care for Cats

Help your cat live a longer, happier life.

Preventive care is an essential part of keeping your cat happy and healthy. It will give you peace of mind and increase the odds of detecting underlying health conditions before they become advanced and expensive.

How often should my cat see a veterinarian?

At Lucerne Veterinary Hospital, we make our preventive care recommendations using the guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). From there, our veterinarians further customize their suggestions based on your cat's age, lifestyle, medical history, and exam findings.

Typically, we suggest scheduling at least one annual exam during which one of our veterinarians will review your cat’s medical history, assess their behavior, make dietary recommendations, and evaluate any known health conditions they may have.

What should I expect from a preventive cat care exam?

Think of your cat’s annual exam like your own yearly physical. At the appointment, we’ll examine all body systems (including eyes, ears, teeth, skin, and internal organs), assess joint health, as well as discuss any concerns you may have.

You can also expect your veterinarian to make recommendations for:

  • Vaccines based on your cat’s lifestyle or breed. Core vaccines include rabies and feline distemper, although your veterinarian may recommend additional vaccines like feline leukemia (FeLV)
  • Parasite prevention products to keep your cat safe from fleas, ticks, and intestinal worms
  • Diagnostic testing to identify any health conditions that cannot be detected during a physical exam and to confirm your cat is free from internal parasites

Depending on the age of your cat, we may also discuss other services that could improve their overall health such as spay or neutering, microchipping, and dental care.

Call us at (207) 843-6300 or request an appointment online to schedule your cat's annual preventive care exam.

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