We are always trying to keep our cats safe and one of the oldest and most important things we can do is proper vaccinations. Having these done on a regular basis is one of the basics to giving your cat a long, healthy life. Although many people don't think that their cat needs these vaccines because of their indoor status, we need to think of immunization as an insurance policy that we hopefully never need to use. Recently, in Hillsborough county, there have been 2 cats with confirmed Rabies so it is still present in your community and presents as a public health issue.
One of the most important things that our veterinary staff does for our cat patients is care for their oral health. Clean teeth are important for maintaining an overall long, healthy life. We integrate an oral exam during the regular veterinary checkup and will make recommendations for proper prevention or treatment.
Normally, you wouldn't think about having your cat on heart worm prevention but the are not resistant to getting heart worms. Since we live in Florida, mosquitoes are everywhere and can spread heart worms to your cats. Symptoms are very similar to asthma or other respiratory problems. Getting your outdoor cats on a preventative monthly will help keep them much healthier and also protect them against fleas and intestinal parasites.
A very underrated aspect of your cat's health is it's teeth. At our cat hospital in Tampa FL, our veterinarians see oral disease almost on a daily basis. Since your cat doesn't brush it's teeth everyday, it is up to you and your veterinarian to keep an eye out for any dental problems. Unfortunately, many small problems can go undetected until they are larger and harder to handle. This is why having a yearly exam is extremely important. Your veterinarian will look at the teeth and determine if a cleaning, or any other treatments to maintain proper oral health, are needed.