Tip Submitted By: D. Skrabalak, PhD, DVM, Dipl ABVP
Cats currently outnumber dogs as America’s most popular pet. There are approximately 95 million pet cats versus 83 million pet dogs. Yet people falsely believe that cats only need to visit their veterinarian when they are ill. This unfortunately is the proverbial “closing the barn door after the horse has escaped”. Most feline diseases can be cured or treated if diagnosed early.
Some of the most common feline maladies are periodontal disease, kidney disease, skin infection and both internal as well as external parasites. All of these can be minimized or eliminated via annual checkups and early diagnosis. This is better for the pet and much better for your pocketbook, since it is cheaper to treat problems early rather than treat chronic problems.
Many other diseases are preventable with annual checkups and the appropriate vaccinations. And do not forget about diseases cats can transmit to humans, such as rabies! So get your cat into your veterinarian’s office on a regular basis. It is good for your cat as well as yourself.