Vet Hospital Offers Free Cat Exams

VCA encourages cat owners to manage their cat's health with free first exams, free cat food and free cat heartworm medicine.

Posted: July 21, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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VCA Animal Hospitals wants you to bring your cat to the vet, and is offering a free cat vet exam to help.

VCA Animal Hospitals believes that when it comes to understanding our emotions and improving owner health, one pet seems to stand above all the rest: cats. Cats, hospital representatives say, have an intuitive understanding of cat owners’ needs and feelings, and cats provide a unique pet-to-owner relationship that often goes unmatched.

Cat owners should know cats’ needs, just as the cats appear to do for cat owners. VCA Animal Hospitals is calling attention to the importance of cat health with a media push that offers helpful cat health and cat grooming tips.

In addition, now through August 31, 2011, VCA Animal Hospitals is offering free first exams for cats, a special cat food offer from Hills and free first doses of cat heartworm prevention mediation (with the purchase of six doses). Click here for more information.

Some cat health tidbits from VCA include information on cat diabetes.
•    Diabetes mellitus is the second most common endocrine disease in cats.
•    Cat diabetes occurs more frequently in middle to old-age cats and is more common in male cats than female cats.
•    Clinical signs seen in diabetic cat patients include an increase in water consumption and urination, and weight loss. Some cats exhibit an increased appetitie, too.
•    Medical clinical signs of cat diabetes include persistently elevated blood glucose concentration and the presence of glucose in the cat's urine.
•    Treatment of cat diabetes includes appropriate insulin dosages, removal of an predisposing causes for the diabetes and feeding the cat a well-balanced diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

VCA also provides cat grooming tips.
•    Health and nutrition influence the luster and texture of your cat's coat from the inside.
•    A healthy cat will not shed excessively and will have a shiny coat that is free from dandruff or greasiness.
•    All cats benefit from regular brushing to remove loose hair and dead skin cells, to keep the coat free of dirt, debris and external parasites, and to distribute natural skin oils along the cat's hair shafts.
•    Inspect your cat's coat every day to make sure there are no tangles or clumps that have developed under the cat's armpits, in the cat's groin or behind the cat's ears.
•    Stiff bristle brushes will help remove loose hairs from cats with short coats or sparse undercoats, while long-toothed metal combs or brushes are useful to remove loose hair and smooth minor tangles in medium-haired and longhaired cats.
•    Instead of bathing a cat at home, many people choose to take their cat to a professional groomer for bathing or have their veterinarian sedate the cat to be groomed at the veterinary clinic.

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Ryan    Los Angeles, CA

7/25/2011 10:11:10 AM

Hi everyone,

Thank you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts regarding the article. We appreciate everyone’s feedback. At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We maintain the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere by emphasizing prevention as well as healing. It means we provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff, promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise, and it means we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

Our senior health exams for pets (7 years and older) is designed to monitor and examine for many illnesses, including cancer, as early detection makes all the difference and prevention is key. Many diseases affecting older pets are preventable or, are easily managed, if detected early. Dogs and cats age faster than we do, so their health problems progress faster too. Because pets are living longer, they’re suffering from many chronic diseases that also affect us. We know how important your long-time companion is to you. Thanks to better nutrition and advanced veterinary care, pets are living longer than ever – our goal is to keep them healthier too. With the right care, your pet’s golden years can be healthy and happy for you both.


For more information about our VCA Animal Hospitals, exams and offers, please visit us at www.vcahospitals.com or connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/vcaanimalhospitals) and Twitter @VCAPetHealth

Thank you and have a great week!

- Ryan on behalf of VCA

Shirley    Tucson, AZ

7/24/2011 7:26:12 AM

We take our furry kids to our feline only vet. She is wonderful and very smart. I'm so glad we found a good veterinarian.

Pat    Omaha, NE

7/22/2011 5:14:09 AM

We go to a VCA in our town, because the previous owner of our cat took him there and we didn't know where else to go. We're thinking of going somewhere else because they are expensive, and they wanted to do a senior exam on our 7 year old cat for over $300!

Galadriel    Lothlorien, ME

7/21/2011 11:31:27 PM

What's a VCA hospital?

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