As your feline friend grows, he or she will move through six distinct stages of life:
Kitten: 0-6 months
Junior: 7 months-2 years
Prime: 3-6 years
Mature: 7-10 years
Senior: 11-14 years
Geriatric: 15+ years
Naturally, as a cat grows and progresses through life, he or she will undergo physiological changes and face a variety of life events that will require care and attention. From kitten care to geriatric cat medicine, consistent preventive care can make all the difference in the quality of life of your cat. Ultimately, your cat's health will impact your relationship with him or her.
Cats are very good at hiding illness. In fact, most cats will simply become less active and less interactive when very ill. Any signs of illness that a cat may show will be very subtle. Therefore, any change in their behavior should warrant a consideration that they may be ill. Many clients will return from work to find that their cat simply does not greet them at the door as usual. This may be an indication that your cat is ill. Because the signs of cat illness are so subtle, if you should notice any obvious changes in behavior, please call our office.
At La Jolla Veterinary Hospital, we offer the following cat health services for cats of all ages, breeds, and circumstances:
Anesthesia: We have the facilities, equipment, medicine, and knowledge to ensure your cat stays safe while under anesthesia.
Bathing and Hygiene: Proper feline hygiene is an important component of a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Behavior Services: Your cat's behavior is not genetically inherent but can be learned and unlearned with your commitment and our help.
Boarding: If you are going on a trip and want to make sure that your cat is well taken care of, our staff can ensure high-quality, affordable care.
Cardiology: Our first-rate facilities, equipment, and professional knowledge allow us to get to the heart of your cat's health and wellness matters.
Dental Care: Our knowledge and dental experience can help prevent and treat your cat's dental conditions, including periodontal disease.
Dermatology: While diagnosing skin conditions early is highly beneficial in treatment, if a skin condition has already developed, it must be addressed before it worsens.
Deworming: Intestinal parasites are a danger to both your pet and your family, so let us ensure that your cat is protected from worms.
Diagnostic Imaging: Diagnostic imaging allows our veterinarians and technicians to accurately diagnose your cat's condition so that the proper treatment can be prescribed.
Emergency Care: We provide comprehensive emergency care, and our facilities are designed to address any veterinary emergency your cat may have.
Eye Care: Our doctors are trained to recognize feline-specific eye disease and choose treatments based upon efficacy and your cat's tolerance to specific treatments.
Flea & Tick: We employ safe and effective flea & tick treatments for your cat's health and happiness.
Heartworm Prevention: We provide heartworm education, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for your cat.
House Calls: We are very sensitive to the needs of our clients and patients, and, in some cases, a house call is the best way to deliver care.
Kitten Care: We help you learn to care for your kitten through education and nutritional awareness while providing the proper preventive medical treatments.
Laboratory: Our laboratory testing services mean faster and more accurate diagnostics and treatments for your cat.
Laser Therapy: Our cold laser therapy is a tool used to treat cats for post-operative pain, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. It is painless and well tolerated by all cats.
Medications: When your cat requires medication, our doctors will provide the right prescription.
Microchip ID: Microchipping is the best way to aid in having your cat returned safely should he or she become lost.
Nutrition: We will address the nutritional requirements for your cat in different life stages and aid in managing certain illnesses.
Pain Management: We offer effective and compassionate pain management for your cat regardless of age, ability, or condition.
Preventive Care: Our comprehensive preventive care program is the first step to ensuring that your cat has a long healthy life.
Semi-Annual Wellness Exams: A cornerstone of preventive care, semi-annual wellness exams help prolong life by allowing health issues to be identified and addressed early. These are recommended for patients over 7-years of age.
Senior Care: We understand the special needs of aging cats, and we will partner with you to provide the optimal plan for your aging feline.
Spay or Neuter: We provide a safe and painless surgical experience for your cat.
Surgery: Our facilities, equipment, and staff offer your cat the best option for a successful surgery and recovery.
Vaccinations: Our veterinarians will recommend an individualized and personalized vaccination protocol based on your cat's needs.