Recent statistics are showing a drastic difference in the amount of veterinary care that felines receive in comparison to their barking counterparts. Dogs average about 1.8 visits to the vet each year while cats lag behind at .7 visits per year. Ironically, polls show that both cat and dog owners carry the same understanding about the value of regular veterinary care. Let’s see why this is the case.
Veterinarians recommend visiting at least once a year. Because your cats symptoms may be more difficult to recognize, regular check-ups should be part of your veterinarian routine.
So why are cats not being brought to the vet as often as they should?
Although at least one annual visit is recommended to help keep your cat healthy and happy, cats are considered more independent and less fond of traveling which makes getting a cat into a carrier and into the veterinary office a daunting task. It is best to get your cat acclimated to a carrier prior to actually needing to transport them. Being unprepared for travel with your feline is no excuse to avoid veterinary care.
I thought my cat was safe inside my home
Another reason people don’t bring their cats to the vet as often is because they believe that since a cat stays inside, it is less prone to contracting any diseases or illnesses that may require attention. While cats may be less likely to contract an illness or disease than a dog, they can still easily catch something brought into the home by a pest or other animal.
Law also states that regardless of whether your pet stays inside or not, they must be vaccinated against specific diseases such as rabies.
I had no idea my cat was sick
Finally, cat owners are often less aware if there is an issue with their pet. While dogs are typically always at one’s side and moving about under supervision inside and out, cats often remain elusive indoors. They do their business in a concealed box and spend much of the day lounging about making it difficult to tell if any issues such as arthritis or open wounds exist. Regardless of whether you own a cat that remains indoors, it is imperative they receive adequate veterinary care.
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Dr. Mahaney moved to Los Angeles to join the TLC Pet Medical Center team in early 2006. His practice philosophy is to improve the quality of life for both pets and their owner’s by establishing client relationships with open lines of communication and providing optimum care within his capabilities.
Dr. Mahaney completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society basic course in 2006 and is now a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). He is especially interested in chronic pain management and uses a variety of modalities, including acupuncture, to improve the comfort level of his patients. Dr. Mahaney strongly believes that many canine and feline diseases can be better managed by incorporating both Western and Eastern treatments. In 2008, Dr. Mahaney incorporated his own small business, California Pet Acupuncture & Wellness (CPAW). CPAW offers in-home acupuncture and musculoskeletal therapy, pet appropriate environment consultation, veterinary supervised exercise sessions, and euthanasia.
Having lived in Philadelphia, DC, and Seattle, Dr. Mahaney feels as though Los Angeles’ mix of city, nature, and culture make it the ideal place to establish both personal and professional roots. Dr. Mahaney resides in West Hollywood with his Welsh Terrier, Cardiff. He and Cardiff enjoy canyon hiking, urban trekking, running on the beach. Dr. Mahaney also enjoys working out, playing tennis, doing yoga, going to museums, cosmetically improving his home, propagating plants, and spending quality time with friends and family.
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