The Importance of Preventive Care
Many dogs and cats in the United States do not get the regular preventive care check-ups they need to stay healthy pets should receive a veterinary examination at least annually and - for some animals - more frequent visits may be appropriate.
What is Preventive Care About?
Preventive care, or a general wellness visit, is a proactive approach to healthcare. Just like changing the oil in your car can prevent additional problems, regular check-ups with your veterinarian for your pet can catch problems early or prevent them altogether. Depending on the age and health of your pet, your veterinarian may even create a customized plan of preventive care which is tailored to your pet’s specific needs.
Regular check-ups are also important because your pet can’t tell you when it doesn’t feel well. Unlike humans, animals hide pain, so there may not be any outward signs that something is wrong. Regular check-ups allow you to be sure that your pet is in good health.
AAHA/AVMA Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines
All cats should have a veterinary examination at least annually. For many cats, more frequent visits may be appropriate. Decisions regarding specific frequency of visits should be made based on individual needs of the cat.