Tabby, my cat, is sick and not eating

Our hospital receives this type of telephone call at least two to three times a week. Often, we find that Tabby is over ten years old and has not been into our hospital for a checkup since vaccination and neutering as a kitten.

Tabby’s exam often reveals moderate to severe dehydration, weight loss and moderate to severe dental tartar. Often our final diagnosis is chronic kidney disease that has now become acute kidney failure. Sadly, the prognosis is often now guarded, Tabby’s treatment is now both expensive and will require lifelong maintenance, and the owner then chooses euthanasia as a life ending treatment.

If you are the owner of a cat that is ten years of age or older or hasn’t had a physical exam within the last two years, consider the following:

* When was the last time I have visited the veterinarian for a preventative care evaluation? If you don’t know, call our office, we will be glad to tell you.

* Have I assumed that because my cat is indoors, that vaccinations are not important and therefore an assessment of general health is not necessary?

* Have I looked in my cat’s mouth lately to assess the existence of tartar, periodontitis, or abscessed teeth?

* Has my cat lost weight since the last check-up?

Too often, we are examining our elderly kitty patients after it is too late to help them. Our doctors and staff are not only concerned about your kitty’s health, but the heartbreak that we share with our clients when they lose their pet and we know it could be avoided with a proactive and timely exam. If your senior kitty has not had a recent check up, please call us for an appointment. Often, we can add years to your kitty’s life.

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