Thank You for choosing Indian Valley Animal Hospital for the primary care of your kitten or cat. Our goal is to keep you pet happier and healthier longer. To achieve that goal, we have developed a wellness guideline to ensure your cat's well-being and to protect you, as caregivers, from zoonotic diseases (diseases which are transmissible from animals to humans).

Your Cat's Preventive Care from Kitten to Senior

  Senior Cat
  From kitten to senior cat, your pet needs routine care throughout its life.

Year One

  • Wellness physical exam
  • Feline Leukemia testing if recommended by veterinarian (dependent on past medical history)
  • Complete vaccination series
  • Begin dental hygiene practices
  • Intestinal Parasite testing 2-4 times within the first year of life
  • Spaying and neutering: although these procedures can be done at any age, we encourage having them done between the ages of 5 and 7 months

Adult Years (ages 2-6)

  • Physical exam once yearly
  • Update vaccines
  • Blood chemistries test
  • Fecal test twice yearly
  • Weight control and dental issues will be addressed: weight and dental issues are the two most common problems for middle-aged pets
  • Intestinal parasite testing 1-4 times a year
  • Flea, tick and heartworm control

Senior Years (ages 7-12)

  • Physical exam twice yearly
  • Update vaccines
  • Senior health profile annually
  • Flea, tick and heartworm control
  • Fecal exam
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Dental exams - more critical as cats age
  • Dental cleanings as needed
  • Diet and weight management issues will be addressed
  • Evaluation of any medical conditions found

Geriatric Years (ages 12+)

  • Physical exams twice yearly
  • Senior health profiles once a year
  • Update vaccines
  • Fecal exams twice yearly
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Further diagnostic testing as indicated
  • EKG
  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound
  • Dental examinations and teeth cleaning as needed
  • Diet, nutrition and weight management issues will be addressed

Euthanasia and Hospice Care

Unfortunately, most feline pets may not live past 17-19 years of age. When the time comes for the final act of caring, we provide euthanasia and cremation services. If you feel your pet is not in severe discomfort, or if you would rather they pass quietly on his or her own, we now offer hospice care for your cat.

As in human medicine, our goal is to keep your pet comfortable with adequate nutrition and hydration. We also want your cat to be pain free until the end. This is the most difficult time for all pet owners. We need to be thankful for the joyous time we had with them and unconditional love we shared together.

Please call us at (215) 723-3971 if you have any questions about our feline preventive care services.