Welcome to 2018 Feline Fans!
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to be fit and healthy in 2018? I bet your humans did too! IVS has been working on some things to help you achieve your optimal health this year!
We have preventive care programs for both our Senior and Adult cats. These programs have been created so you can have your annual exam, recommended lab work and vaccinations and – this is the exciting part – your human gets a certificate to bring you back in 6-months for an additional checkup. Your Veterinarians want to see you twice a year to increase the chance of catching any illness or disease as early as possible, when it’s most treatable. Us cats are masters of illusion. When we’re sick, we don’t want anyone to know or worry so we hide it as much as possible. Sometimes diagnostic testing (i.e. blood work, ultrasound, physical exam, etc.) are the first indicators to illness.
Not only that but we have a great Dental plan for this February. Feline Fan Members receive their normal 10% off PLUS an additional 10% off their Dental. Tell your human to schedule your Veterinarian’s visit where you will have a complete physical exam including your chompers, then schedule your dental. See more details including what happens at a dental below.
Are you worried about how Gigi is going to behave at the Vet’s? That’s normal. IVS does everything they can to make yours and your cat’s visit as stress free as possible. Please ask us how we can help. Sometimes a little medication can be given prior to your visit to help relax Gigi.
We can’t wait to see you!
Purrs & Meows-
Leo & Mr. Pickles
Keep you Cat Kissable
Periodontal disease affects cats of all ages, just like humans. It starts with plaque (yellow color) on the teeth which is bacteria buildup. If not brushed off immediately the plaque turns into a very hard material called tartar or calculus which cannot be brushed off with just a toothbrush. At that time a dental cleaning under anesthesia is needed to treat and prevent further disease. If left untreated the gums can become swollen and painful; and the tooth itself is more easily fractured and the root can become infected. Eventually the teeth become very loose and can fall out.
This is why IVS is offering this amazing dental promotion for felines in February. If you are or become a Feline Fans member you are eligible for a total of 20% off your cat’s dental procedure. IVS will send you home with post-dental instructions and a tooth brush and tooth paste to help you get started with home care. We can teach you how to brush your cat’s teeth if you need help. Schedule your dental today!
The Inside Skinny on Dental Day
At IVS we want to prevent against any of our patients losing teeth due to dental disease. We first start with a visual oral exam noting any loose or fractured teeth. This helps us to plan what teeth will need to be looked at more closely under anesthesia. It is important to understand that the part of the tooth that you can see above the gum line is not the whole tooth. Some tooth roots can extend 1-2x longer underneath the gum line and this is where the most severe disease is.
Pre-anesthetic bloodwork and a GFAST (a simple 5-minute ultrasound) are done before the day of the dental to make sure your cat can safely undergo general anesthesia. The morning of the dental the patient has another physical exam done to make sure there have been no changes since his previous exam. An anesthetic and pain management protocol is customized to each patient based on their bloodwork and previous health history. A technician is assigned to the patient to monitor its vitals (temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, oxygen level, carbon dioxide level, ECG, intravenous fluid rate) for the duration of the procedure and recovery from anesthesia.
Once the patient is under anesthesia full mouth dental x-rays are taken in order to evaluate the part of the tooth underneath the gums that we cannot see on physical exam alone. These x-rays will help the doctor to determine the health of each tooth, if any teeth are broken or loose and if any teeth need to be removed. If any tooth needs to be removed due to disease lidocaine (a numbing medication) is given to the patient to control pain with the tooth extraction. Under anesthesia we can look for any oral masses and assess each tooth for increased gum pocketing with a dental probe. The dental tartar is cleaned with an ultrasonic scaler (the same that is used in human dentistry) under and along the gum line. Then the teeth are polished to smooth out any scratches on the surface of the tooth and fluoride is applied to the surface of the teeth to prevent tartar buildup.
The patient is recovered from anesthesia on a soft bed with a technician watching closely for any signs of pain or dysphoria. When they go home they can still be a little drowsy from the anesthesia and pain medication given but most will be back to their normal selves by the next morning. Most cats do really well after a dental procedure. The diseased and painful teeth are gone and an at home dental care routine can be started. Most people comment how their cat acts more like a kitten again once they’ve had a dental because they feel so good.
Senior Feline Preventive Care Program at IVS!
Everyone knows how important it is to take better care of your body in your older years and the same goes for our senior cats. Below are some ways that IVS strives to keep your senior cat happy and healthy for as long as possible. Our Senior Feline Preventive Care Program is specially designed to screen for the top ailments that affect our senior cats including kidney disease and thyroid problems. As your cat ages, it’s important that we see them for an exam every 6 months. These visits allow us to get to know your pet and communicate with you about specific concerns or questions regarding your cat. We can also keep a more accurate record of their weight to make sure they are staying steady. Fluctuations in weight can indicate there are potential health concerns. Comprehensive senior labwork including a urine screening, core vaccinations and two complimentary nail trims are also included in the program. Even if your cat does not have any signs of illness, this labwork can be paramount in determining a baseline of “normal” in your cat. Please feel free to ask any of our staff about our Senior Feline Preventive Care Program.
In order to allow us to give your pet the highest standard of care, below are some tips for caring for your senior cat at home.
- Know how much your cat is eating daily. A decrease in appetite can be one of the earliest signs of many illnesses.
- Know your cat’s litterbox habits.
- Change their diet to a senior formula. Senior formulas take into account changing metabolisms and can help keep your cat healthier longer. Your IVS Veterinarian can assist you with this.
- Groom your cat. Brushing and petting your cat can help you be more cognizant of changes to their coat or body. Be sure to also check their nails regularly. Senior cats can get brittle and overgrown nails that, if not noticed, can sometimes grow into their paw pads.
Prevention for the Adult Cat, too!
We know prevention is important for not only your Senior Cat, but for your Adult Cat. IVS has a Feline Preventive Care Program to help improve kitty’s quality of life and increase their longevity with us. The bond we have with our cats’ is unique and IVS strives to give you all the tools necessary to keep them around as long as possible.
The most important part of preventive care is that it enables you and your Veterinarian to catch issues early. People think that cats are aloof and like to hide away. As cat owners, we know that is not really the case. They are very smart, social creatures even if it’s on their terms. Our Preventive Care Program allows your Veterinarian to get a baseline on what is normal for your kitty and catch any changes that might occur throughout time. Plus, we provide you with a certificate for a complimentary physical exam because it’s that important to us at IVS to keep a “hands on” approach to treating your cat. For more information, please ask your friendly Reception staff.
Trupanion Pet Insurance
A lot of our IVS clients, staff and veterinarians have Trupanion for their pets.
- Trupanion covers 90% of most illnesses.
- Owners can choose their deductible and monthly payments (think medical paycheck deductions) to something that works for them.
- Pet insurance allows you to make decisions for your pet without working as much about the financial side.
Check out Trupanion’s website (www.trupanion.com) and ask our Receptionist about our certificate that waives the enrollment fees and waiting period for activation.