Cat Healthy Protocols

14- Preventive Care and Disease Screening

Preventive care and disease screening programs provide several benefits to the cat, the client, and the veterinary clinic by:

When the whole veterinary healthcare team is involved in promoting preventive care programs, they are well accepted by clients. Below are examples of bundled prepaid preventive care programs:

First year of life program:

By averaging the cost of surgical sterilization for males and females, the program cost can be the same for both sexes. The program could include:

Mature and Senior Cat Program:

This program can be recommended annually for all cats from the age of 8 years onward and every 6 months for cats over 14 years of age (or once abnormalities have been detected to assist in the management of these problems). The program could include:

These models could be adapted for other preventive care and disease monitoring programs (e.g., dental care, management of diseases such as obesity, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, etc.).

Table 1: Suggestions for age-matched preventive care and disease screening

AGE EXAMINATION & CONSULTATION
(INCL. BEHAVIOUR, NUTRITION)
FELV AND FIV TESTS BLOOD TESTS URINALYSIS BLOOD PRESSURE
Birth to 6 mo 2 or more At least +/- +/- +/-
6+ mo to 2 yrs 1 +/- +/- +/- +/-
2+ to 6 yrs 1 +/- +/- +/- +/-
6+ to 10 yrs 1-2 +/- 1 1 1
10+ to 14 yrs 2 +/- 1-2 1-2 1-2
14+ yrs 2 +/- 2 2 2

+/-: usually not needed at this age unless cat is ill or has been in an accident
1: recommended once a year
1-2: recommended 1-2/year
2: recommended twice a year

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