Exams and Consultations
When you visit our clinic, our staff will get a chance to talk to you about your cat’s diet, medications, and any problems that may have arisen since the last visit. Then our vet Dr. Kramer will complete a physical for your cat and discuss any concerns you have and address any problems. Our goal is to catch any issues early before they become major health concerns. For example, it is much easier to start a diet when the cat is 1 pound overweight rather than 15 pounds overweight and diabetic.
Obesity is a common problem among cats, as it can be easy to over-feed a cat that knows how to beg. But being overweight is a serious problem for animals, and can cause real health problems as they get older. With proper diet and exercise, all cats should be able to meet their dietary needs and be within a healthy weight range.
Pets’ nutritional needs change as they enter different stages of their lives. The best way to make sure your cat’s needs are being met is to consult with us about a diet made specifically for his or her lifestyle.
We believe in utilizing the highest level of medical technology, and Dr. Kramer is experienced and highly trained. We also realize that it can be stressful to have your cat undergo surgery. We want to assure you that your cat is in good hands, and that we will do everything to provide the best care possible. We will communicate with you about the things you need to know before, during, and after your cat’s surgery. It is our goal to make the entire process go smoothly, and to eliminate the stress and worry of surgical procedures.
There are a variety of diseases which affect our cats and other animals. This makes proper vaccination vital in protecting them from the many types of illnesses they are susceptible to. It’s important to consult with us about the unique risks of living in our region. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of protecting your cat with vaccinations, as well as, provide you with information on the required vaccinations for your cat.
Furthering our diagnostic capabilities, we added ultrasound several years ago. Ultrasound imaging is noninvasive and uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It helps diagnose any organ abnormalities by giving us a three-dimensional view and can often aid in stone diagnosis.
Laser therapy has several benefits over traditional pain and mobility treatments including very rapid disappearance of pain, even that of neuralgic origin. The red light is beneficial to the surface level injuries and the infrared light penetrates deeper for treatment of organ/ muscle inflammation. During therapy, the patented delivery system synchronizes superior energy frequencies delivering superior results in less time. The versatility of the laser allows us to treat sore muscles and joints, degenerative joint conditions, neurological pain, chronic non-healing wounds as well as anti-inflammatory conditions such as ear infections, bladder and kidney infections. It also promotes faster healing of surgical incisions. By administering laser therapy, we promote healing and pain relief through increased blood flow and lymphatic drainage.
Dental exams and cleaning are essential to your cat’s health. Any bacteria harbored in the mouth is processed through the kidneys and can cause more harm than necessary if never addressed. We encourage dental cleanings and utilize our inhouse dental radiology machine to help us better comprehend what is going on below the gumline. Utilizing dental radiology helps us ensure that we’ve done the best we can for your cat’s mouth, even within the gums.
Every year, thousands and thousands of cats go missing. Not knowing where your cat is or how to bring them back can be a helpless, hopeless feeling. It’s a tragedy that happens all too often. But there is a simple, safe, and effective way to ensure your cat’s safety and retrieval should they ever become lost. Microchipping is a standard procedure that implants a tiny chip underneath your cat’s fur. It is a painless and relatively fast procedure, and is completely safe. This microchip is registered with your cat’s vital information, and can be scanned by any veterinarian or animal shelter so that they can return your cat directly to you.
Regular checkups allow us to establish a baseline in your cat’s health and make us aware of any changes that may indicate future problems. We highly recommend bringing your cat in for regular exams. Often times health problems that go undetected can become more serious issues when left untreated, so checkups are important even when your cat appears healthy.
We do offer grooming services. Here at PCCC, we require an exam before we will groom your kitty. We require an exam beforehand to ensure your kitty is healthy enough to undergo the sedation we provide. Sedating our grooms allows our groomer to get a more uniform cut and to really investigate any hair coat or skin issues more thoroughly. Providing sedation for grooms is less stressful for most kitties as they are asleep for most of the grooming process. Most healthy short haired and medium haired cats should be able to adequately groom themselves. You generally should not need to give them a bath, unless they get some type of foreign substance on them that needs to be removed. There are some breeds of cats though, and some health issues that can necessitate grooming your cat. We often find that kitties that need to be groomed have other medical issues going on that are causing them to not feel well enough to groom themselves. Oftentimes completely getting rid of that icky hair allows them a clean slate to try and take better care of their hair coat, which often happens after we begin to treat those medical issues’ we’ve discovered.
Are you finding that your cat is behaving in ways that concern you? Our team is very experienced with understanding cat behavior and modification techniques. Cats can be easily stressed or frightened, and they can respond to stressors with inter-cat aggression, aggression toward people, or inappropriate elimination in their home. The first thing we do is rule out any medical issues that may cause stress. If a kitty has a clear bill of health but is still having behavioral issues, we would love to take the time to chat with you and help find solutions to put some of that stress at ease. This process typically involves gradual behavior modification throughout time and although sometimes frustrating it is important to stay patient as this may take time. We want to help you build a rewarding lifetime relationship with your kitties.
We offer a fully stocked pharmacy to fill your cat’s prescription needs. Having an on-site pharmacy provides you with a more convenient way to get your cat’s medication. We hope that this will save you time and ultimately enhance your experience with us.
Please contact us today if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how we care for your cat.