Cats are one of the most popular pets in America. They provide just as much love as dogs, yet they visit the veterinarian much less than a dog does. However, just like dogs and humans, cats need regular wellness exams, too! In fact, cats may need annual visits even more than dogs because cats are more likely to hide signs and symptoms of disease or illness. In the wild, felines had to hide weaknesses to stay safe from predators; in today’s pet cats, hiding symptoms means owners might not know when their cat faces a serious disease or illness.
By routinely visiting the vet, diseases have a greater chance of being caught earlier, which is good for two reasons. First, the earlier a disease is found, the better the chances of treating or managing it, increasing your pet’s longevity and quality of life. Second, diseases found in the earlier stages tend to be less expensive to treat than those found in the end stages, potentially saving you money in the long run.
However, we all understand how visiting the veterinarian once a year can be easier said than done. Here are some initiatives Palmyra Animal Hospital recently started to help you bring your cat to the vet.
· Multiple Pet Discounts: Clients who bring multiple pets together for a wellness exam appointment will pay the full price for the first pet's exam, but each subsequent pet examined during that appointment will be 10% off the wellness exam price.
· Cat Friendly Day: Thursday morning is our cat-only day. This will make it easier to bring in cats who are easily stressed by dogs sharing waiting room space.
· Cat Carrier Rental: We always recommend bringing your cat to the veterinarian in a carrier to keep him or her safe. However, cat carriers can be costly. To help with this expense, Palmyra Animal Hospital now allows clients to borrow carriers from us the day before the appointment.
For more information on any of these initiatives, give Palmyra Animal Hospital a call any time at (315)597-4567 or leave us a comment below!