Senior/Geriatric Cat Wellness

"It has been repeatedly documented that many of the chronic disorders and disease processes seen in senior pets can be either cured or at least medically controlled if they are detected early enough. Earlier detection and prompt treatment of medical conditions improves the chances that senior pets will live longer, happier, and better quality lives."

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“...vaccinations certainly remain a medical decision and procedure that should be individualized based on the risk and lifestyle of the individual... (animal). Factors to consider include the age, breed, health status, environment, lifestyle, and travel habits of the... (animal).”
Daniel Aja, DVM, AAHA president

  • FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Parainfluenza)
    • Revaccinate 1 year after primary series
    • Boost every 3 years, lifelong
  • Feline Leukemia
    • Revaccinate 1 year after primary series
    • Boost yearly or every 2 years if low risk
  • Rabies
    • Revaccinate 1 year after primary series
    • Boost yearly

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Our clinic follows guidelines introduced by the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

Indoor Cats

  • Deworm annually with Profendor
  • Perform fecal yearly

Outdoor Cats

  • Deworm yearly with Profendor then Strongid sent home in individual syringes to be administered orally every 3 months for 3 treatments.
  • Perform fecal yearly

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Yes,you can teach your adult cat to have its teeth brushed and we highly recommend it. Here is other advice as well. 

Preventive Oral Care

Remember it is good to chew; better to rinse; but it is best to brush!

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a term used to describe inflammation or infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth. Accumulation of tartar and calculus on the teeth causes gum recession around the base of the tooth. Infection soon follows and the gums recede further, exposing sensitive unprotected tooth root surfaces and the bony tooth sockets Left untreated, the infection spreads deep into the tooth socket, destroying the bone. Ultimately, the tooth loosens and falls out.

Resorptive Lesions

One of the more common oral abnormalities seen in veterinary practice is the feline oral resorptive lesion (FORL). FORLs are usually found on the outside surface of the tooth where the gum meets the tooth surface.  The resorptive lesion erodes into the sensitive underlying dentin, causing a cat to experience pain, manifested as muscular spasms or trembling of the jaw whenever the lesion is touched. Cats with FORLs may show increased salivation, oral bleeding, or difficulty eating. 

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We suggest that you choose a food that has undergone an AAFCO feeding trial and is formulated for maintenance.

RecommendationHill's® Healthy Advantage™ Adult Feline

Redmond Veterinary Clinic recommends Science Diet Pet Foods and Prescription Diets. The company’s commitment to research, for both prescription and life stage diets, along with their strict quality control provide us with the confidence to recommend the products they produce.

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Redmond Veterinary Clinic offers accurate behavioral education to our clients prior to and if behavioral problems occur.

Cognitive Dysfunction

It is generally believed that a dog or cat's cognitive function tends to decline with age, much as it does in people. If your dog or cat has one or more of the signs below and all potential physical or medical causes have been ruled out, it may be due to cognitive dysfunction. Of course, it is also possible that cognitive dysfunction can arise concurrently with other medical problems, so that it might be difficult to determine the exact cause of each sign.

Behavior Changes

It is not unusual for behavior problems to develop in older pets, and often there may be multiple concurrent problems. Some of the changes associated with aging may not seem significant, but even a minor change in behavior might be indicative of underlying medical problems or a decline in cognitive function. Because early diagnosis and treatment can control or slow the progress of many disease conditions, be certain to advise your veterinarian if there is any change in your pet’s behavior. Because early diagnosis and treatment can control or slow the progress of many disease conditions, be certain to advise your veterinarian if there is any change in your pet’s behavior.

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The Doctors and Staff of Redmond Veterinary Clinic believe maintaining a well groomed animal is an extension of good overall health.  

The general condition of your cat's skin and coat are good indicators of its health. Although health and nutrition influence the luster and texture of your cat's coat from the inside, regular grooming and skin care on the outside will help keep your cat's coat clean and free of tangles, no matter what type of hair coat he or she has.

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An aging pet’s organs gradually deteriorate and may lose their ability to function properly. We use diagnostic testing to promote early detection and treatment of disease, so we can maintain health and prevent illness during the pet’s senior and geriatric years. 

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Many of our adult patients pain goes undiagnosed because we attribute the subtle changes in our cats to “old age” or “slowing down.”

Occasionally, we see a senior cat in practice that resents being handled in the examination room. Common comments we hear from the owners are:

  • “She doesn’t like to be picked up.”
  • “He doesn’t like to be petted on his back (below the waist, over his hips, etc.).”
  • “She doesn’t like me to touch her there” (wherever that may be).
  • “My cat used to be really friendly, but now he hides under the bed when we have company and becomes aggressive when people try to pet him.”

In any of the above scenarios, pain should be on the list of considerations. Cats tend to hide their pain, so don’t ignore these behavioral clues into your aging cat’s condition. The sooner we identify and treat pain, the better it is for everyone.