Prolong Your Cat's Life
Guilderland Animal Hospital provides a full range of preventive care services to help your cat live a longer, happier life and to increase the odds of detecting problems early, before they become severe and costly.
Our veterinarians make their annual preventive care recommendations based on the guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and take into consideration your cat's hereditary factors, age, medical history and lifestyle.
Annual preventive care for cats typically includes:
- At least one annual Physical Examination at which time our veterinarians will take a complete medical history, make nutrition recommendations, assess behavior, and review any known medical conditions.
During the exam our doctors will perform a:
- Ear and Eye Examination
- Cardiopulmonary (Heart and Lung) analysis
- Temperature Reading
- Abdominal Palpation
- Dental Exam
- Dermatological Exam
- Musculoskeletal Evaluation
- Vaccination recommendations include core vaccines Rabies and Feline Distemper. Your veterinarian may also suggest the Feline Leukemia (FeLV) vaccine for outdoor cats.
- Parasite Control Products to prevent and repel heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. Roundworms can be transmitted to humans, so controlling these parasites protects your cat and also your family.
- Diagnostic Testing to check for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and/or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), heartworms or other internal parasites and early stages of diseases which cannot be detected during a physical exam.
- Your veterinarian will also discuss other services, such as dental care or microchipping, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your cat.
We understand that certain pets have a harder time being around animals of a different species. Cats are much more sensitive to noise and stress than most dogs. To alleviate some of the stresses associated with bringing cats to the veterinarian, we have made our hospital a feline-friendly practice.
What is different:
- We offer feline-only hours on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. There will be only cats in the waiting room during this time. (We are still open for emergencies for all animals, but they will not be present in the waiting room.
- We use Feliway (a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure) through special areas of the hospital.
- We provide a Feliway-sprayed quilt or towel to you at the time of your visit. By placing this over their carrier while they are in the waiting room, your cat will immediately be able to sense the friendly pheromone and relax. They are also more relaxed with the towel while on the exam table.