Contrary to how thrilled (not) Mudpie looks, we really do love our vet!!!
I'm sure I'm not alone in this, but one of my greatest fears in life is going to the doctor. Thankfully I've tended to be a pretty healthy person and have made use of my local immediate care whenever something has popped up, but as the years pass by I know I won't always be so lucky. As the big 4-0 looms next year I think about all the preventive screenings that the experts say you should start having and I can't help but shudder.
Routine check-ups are just as important for our cats as they are for humans, especially since they age so much faster than we do. When our pets are young and healthy, visiting the vet might not be something we put at the top of our "To Do" list. I think for cat owners especially it's particularly easy to put on the back burner because it's such a hassle to get our little furry homebodies into the car and then brace ourselves as they sing the song of their people (loudly) all the way to the vet's office. Still, consistent vet check-ups are vital for your pets to keep them healthy and happy for life.
Photo courtesy of IDEXX.
Screening tests such as chemistry panels and urinalysis are some of the most important parts of a wellness visit, not only as your pet ages but in your cat's earlier years too in order to provide a baseline of what's normal for your cat. All of my cats up until Truffles were older when I adopted them, so although they had regular blood work done, I didn't have anything to compare them to from when they were young and healthy. I had planned to have Truffles' first blood work done around age 5, sadly she didn't live to see that age. My plans are the same for Mudpie...we actually might even begin testing earlier in her case because circumstances have led me to become hyper-vigilant (some might say paranoid) about my cat's health.
Wasn't it nice of Mommy to blur out my weight? --Mudpie
Now IDEXX SDMA™, a breakthrough new test that screens for chronic kidney disease, can detect this serious disease months to years earlier, when there is still time to do something about it. This is great news for cats, as IDEXX SDMA™ can detect kidney disease when much of a pet's kidney function is still intact, giving you and your veterinarian the chance to take action and give your pet the best shot for a healthy, happy, long life - even with kidney disease.
The IDEXX SDMA test is available to all veterinarians in the U.S. and Canada. Even better, 2 in 5 veterinarians in the U.S. are already including IDEXX SDMA in their routine testing, almost always at no added cost. If your veterinary hospital is not doing so, just ask your veterinarian to send your pet’s samples to IDEXX’s Reference Laboratories.
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