Vet visits can be stressful for cats, especially if they're not used to leaving the comforts of home. These tips can help make the next visit easier for your kitty.
• Get your cat used to the carrier by leaving it open in your house.
• Take your cat for rides in the carrier to other places besides the vet.
• Bring along your cat's favorite treats, toys and blanket.
• Reward good behavior at the vet with praise, treats and petting.
• Stay calm during the exam to encourage the same from your cat.
If your cat (or dog) has an extreme dislike of veterinary visits, talk to your vet about techniques that might make future visits more relaxing.
If you've moved, gotten a new pet, or have a pet that needs specialized treatment, you may need to find a veterinarian. These tips can help:
-Make an office visit. Visit the practice without your pet to see if it's clean, modern, and well-organized
-Talk to the veterinarian. Ask questions and make sure you can communicate well with the veterinarian and staff.
-Check on training. Find out about the veterinarian's training and if the practice is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
Our online veterinary locator can help you get started by locating practices in your area. You can also get more tips on finding a veterinarian for dogs or for cats at the ASPCA®'s website. And remember, you can use any licensed veterinarian in the US or Canada with our plans.
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To celebrate October as Pet Wellness Care Month, we put together a fun quiz about wellness care earlier. Take the rest of the quiz now and see how you do:
4. What should you ask your veterinarian about at a wellness visit?
a) Proper diet and weight
b) Any concerns about your pet
c) Both a and b
d) Nothing – your veterinarian is busy with the exam
c) A wellness visit is a great time to ask questions, especially since your veterinarian can check out problems firsthand. Jot questions down before the visit, so you don’t forget them.
5. Are wellness care visits painful?
c) Your pet may not like going to the veterinarian or being examined, but these check-ups shouldn’t be painful other than a quick vaccination prick or blood draw.
6. Spaying or neutering is part of good wellness care.
a) Spaying or neutering your pet doesn’t only help with overpopulation, it can also improve the health of your pet!
Our friends at the ASPCA recommend at least one wellness visit a year for pets. Plus, ASPCA Pet Health Insurance has two options that can help you afford yearly check-ups as well as vaccines, spaying or neutering, and more.
Start a free quote to learn about coverage available for your pet. If you’re already a customer, you can view your plan online at the Member Center.
Many companion animals are not getting proper care because about 24% of pet parents believe regular medical check-ups aren’t necessary, according to a new veterinary industry study.
The Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study sought to explain the decline in veterinary visits over the past several years. Other factors contributing to this decline that the study identified include the economic impact of the recession, the fragmentation of veterinary services and the cost of care. Additionally, many consumers substitute online research for clinic visits and have difficulty getting their felines to the veterinarian.
In fact, the study found a full one-third of pet parents have not taken their cats to the veterinarian within the last year due to “feline resistance.” The study found pet parents extend the time between visits because it’s difficult to get the kitties to comply. This lack of care is particularly harmful to senior cats, as they’re prone to diseases such as diabetes, kidney failure and cancer.
The study also highlighted the cost of veterinary services as a major reason for pet parents not taking their animals to the veterinarian. As with human health care, veterinary costs have risen significantly over the last 10 years, and 53 percent of pet parents say these expenses are much higher than they expected. We’re here to help on this front with pet insurance that can help pet parents afford quality veterinary care.
The online survey of 2,000 pet parents was conducted by Bayer Animal Health, the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI) and Brakke Consulting.
Read more results from the study.