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Unnecessary Risks Cat Owners Take

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Cats Can Be Unknowingly Jeopardized

Even the best of cat owners may not recognize small signs or signals in their pet's health that a veterinarian would consider noteworthy.  Feed, groom and vaccinate your cat and take simple steps for maximum health and well being.

  • Keep up with annual checkups.  Preventative care is critical for early identification and treatment of illness or disease.
  • Provide permanent identification for all cats that can help them be quickly reunited with you and your family.
  • Eliminate parasites with measures recommended by your veterinarian for the area you live in and the health condition of your cat.
  • Never delay care or wait and watch to see if your cat feels better in a few days.

There are specific activities that can make a positive difference in your pet's health.  The difference will be enhanced health and wellness when you integrate them into your current pet maintenance program.  Feeding, grooming and vaccinations are probably your top-of-mind priorities.  Sometimes you can miss little changes in health or care that can have a large impact.

Care delays can be a risk.  Waiting and watching for your cat's symptoms to subside can cause undue distress.  Keep a close eye on your furry friends to make sure their health conditions don't include panting, limping or lameness, refusal to take nourishment or water, loss of weight, sneezing, urination or defecation habits that aren't normal for your pet, grooming changes, and increased sleep needs.  Diarrhea and vomiting are big deals and will result in dehydration that could be fatal without immediate attention.

Preventative care is critical to good health and wellness in family pets.  Regular veterinarian visits provide opportunities for pets to receive complete visit care that rules out current disease or impending disaster.  Always make sure your cat receives an annual visit.  During these visits your vet will look at teeth, tongue and gums, check for parasites, provide guidance and information for exercise, proper feeding and review your pet's current daily habits.  Your vet will also check skin, nails, eyes, ears and coat.

Exercise and other habits may have changed since the last visit.  Your pet may need support with aging, pregnancy or pain management.  Arthritis or decaying teeth may cause discomfort in your pet.  Remember that cats have a survival instinct and camouflage their pain or discomfort better than other animals.

"Some older house cats are pretty inactive and sleep a lot, so owners often just don't notice problems," says Adrianne Brode, DVM, CCRP.  Brode sees that dogs receive more health care than cats at Houston's Canine Health Institute.

Lack of permanent identification can put your cat at risk.  Let's face it, who would think that your furry critter sleeping happily in the carpeted sunny spot will be a sudden escapee when the neighbor, niece or nephew comes to put out fresh food and water during your vacation.

The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy advises that less than 2% of cats in animal shelters are returned home.  Microchips, tattoos and tags can help identify pets that are accidentally let out or that may escape right before your very eyes.  Cats have a higher chance of losing their collars than dogs typically do, and having your vet insert a microchip could be a good idea.  Your cat won't feel any pain, the chip is the size of a small grain and the process is very quick.  For maximum effectiveness, you must connect with the chip's vendor, provide your contact info and maintain an active registration for your pet.  If lost, the chip can be recognized by a scanner at many animal shelters and veterinarian offices.

Uncontrolled parasites can bother your cat.  Fleas are the most common and well known external parasite.  Just one flea eaten by your cat can create internal tapeworms.  They are common in cats, as are heartworms.  Untreated heartworms can damage heart, lungs and circulatory vessels beyond repair.  Other bothersome parasites may include ear mites, ticks, roundworms and hookworms, depending on the area in which you live.  "Some intestinal parasites can be transmitted to people," says Marla J. McGeorge, DVM.  Adults with compromised immune systems and children have increased risks.

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Testimonials

  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.

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    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.
     

    Linda P.

    San Francisco, CA

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