CAT HEALTH


PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

Fountain City Animal Hospital follows the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel’s guidelines when making recommendations for your kitten’s first immunizations, as well as for her booster shots as she ages.  Some vaccines we used to think needed to be boosted annually, we now know are actually effective for much longer.  Final decisions about what is an appropriate level of immunization for each cat is made after careful consideration of age, overall health status, and lifestyle.  We recommend year-round heart worm preventive medications for our feline patients, based on the findings at the University of TN that 14% of cats in our area are infected with heart worms, whether they live indoors or outdoors.

MEDICAL CARE

Fountain City Animal Hospital avails itself of every possible diagnostic test your ill cat might need, starting with a comprehensive physical examination by skilled experienced doctors.  Appropriate blood tests, whether performed in our own in-house lab or needing to be sent out to various specialty labs around the country, are always offered, along with imaging techniques from in-house digital x-ray and ultrasound to possible CT scans or MRI at referral centers here in Knoxville.  Our hospital care is supervised by both our veterinarians and our licensed veterinary technicians, and we give careful continual attention to all our patients’ needs, always remembering that each patient is loved by someone as we love our own.

SURGICAL CARE

Fountain City Animal Hospital provides all basic surgical services for your family feline, from their early spay or neuter, to the potential need for any number of unforeseen issues that may arise throughout a cat’s life.  If for any reason, we believe that a surgical problem is complicated enough that the patient would be better served in the hands of a board certified veterinary surgeon, we enjoy an excellent relationship with referral centers in the area.  We use the most up-to-date anesthetic and pain control protocols, along with the best monitoring devices to keep your cats safe and warm while under anesthesia.

DENTAL CARE

Yes, cats have dental health care needs too!  As any cat owner can tell you, regular brushing of a feline’s teeth would be challenging to anyone, although we do have a few stalwart and very dedicated clients who have managed to make this a regular part of their cats’ care.  For the rest of us, regular dental cleanings under full anesthesia is the preferred method of caring for feline dentition.  In addition to routine cleanings, we are equipped to treat even the most advanced cases of feline gingivostomatitis, as well as many other dental disease conditions.  All cats undergo full mouth x-rays before we initiate your cat’s dental procedure, which allows us to carefully evaluate the extent of disease we are dealing with.  Our cats under anesthesia for dental work receive the same careful monitoring as any of our surgical patients.

GERIATRIC CARE

If your cat is fortunate enough to live a long life, we want it to be a healthy and pain-free one as well.  To that end, we always try to stay ahead of the curve and monitor your cat’s body condition, as well as basic blood chemistries, complete blood counts, and urinalyses on a regular basis.  When cats are young, an annual physical exam is usually adequate, but once your feline friend moves past middle age, we recommend twice yearly check-ups.  Remember, an annual check-up is deemed adequate for humans, but cats age much more quickly than we do, so significant changes can occur quite suddenly.