The Outdoor Plan for Cats is designed for adult cats that spend time outdoors with potential exposure to other cats with life-threatening infectious diseases.
For cats that spend their time exclusively indoors, check out the Essential Plan for Cats. For senior and geriatric cats, check out the Optimum Plan for Cats.
The Outdoor Plan for Cats covers your cat’s annual wellness needs with some amazing membership perks. It includes two semi-annual wellness exams, core vaccinations, and the Outdoor Profile for Cats.
Members receive medical exams at no cost and a 10% discount on most products and services outside of the Plan. Plans last a full year!
The 10% discount applies to Bravecto Plus when purchased in the clinic. Bravecto Plus prevents infestations from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites for 2 months.
Your cat will be examined by our veterinarian from nose to tail for tumors and signs of pain or arthritis. We will assess her overall appearance. Your cat’s heart and lungs will be listened to for abnormalities. Her eyes, ears, nose, and mouth will be evaluated as well.
You’ll discuss medical history, behavior changes, lifestyle, and nutrition with our veterinarian. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and address any of your concerns.
Vaccinations preventing feline leukemia, calicivirus, herpesvirus, panleukopenia, and rabies are included in the Outdoor Plan for Cats.
The wellness profile includes screening for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), feline leukemia (FeLV), and intestinal parasites. It also includes a complete blood count and 11-point blood chemistry panel.
FIV is mostly commonly spread through bite wounds from an infected cat. Un-neutered male cats with access to the outdoors, especially those who are likely to fight with other cats, are at the greatest risk for FIV infection.
Therefore, keeping your cat indoors and away from infected cats is the best way to prevent your cat from contracting FIV. There currently is no FIV vaccine available and there is no cure.
FeLV is commonly spread through the saliva and urine of infected cats via grooming, shared litterboxes, food dishes, and fighting. Feline Leukemia may cause anemia, lymphoma, leukemia, suppression of the immune system, and other disorders. FeLV worsens over time and is usually fatal.
There is no cure for FeLV. However, there is a vaccine and it’s included in the Outdoor Plan for Cats. The FeLV vaccine series is also included in our Kitten Plans.
Intestinal Parasite Screen
An intestinal parasite screen is included in our Plans. Intestinal parasites are common in cats. They can cause a wide range of symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, and anemia. Some types of parasites, including roundworms and hookworms, can be transmitted from cats to humans. Routine testing and monthly treatment protects your cat, as well as you and your family!
The blood screen is preventive testing that provides valuable information about your cat’s overall health and helps identify any underlying medical conditions. If the results are normal, the testing establishes a baseline of blood values while your cat is healthy.
If completed on an annual basis, we can track results as your cat ages and spot potential health issues before they cause problems.
Complete Blood Count
A Complete Blood Count (CBC) screens for anemia, inflammation, infection, stress, Leukemia, bleeding problems, inability to fight infection, and hydration status.
Red blood cells (RBCs) are the most numerous and longest-living of the different types of blood cells. They typically make up almost half of the blood’s volume.
RBCs contain a special protein called hemoglobin (HGB) that binds to the oxygen in the lungs and enables the RBCs to transport oxygen as it travels through the rest of the body.
Reticulocytes are immature red blood cells that increase during times of increased red cell production, such as blood loss or immunemediated anemia.
White blood cells are primarily responsible for fighting infections. There are five different types of white blood cells and each one performs specific functions to keep the body healthy. Platelets play a critical role in preventing bleeding.
Blood Chemistry Panel
The following is a summary of the blood chemistry markers included in the screen:
Total Protein is a measurement of all the proteins in the blood, including albumin and globulin. Abnormal total protein levels can be an indication of liver or kidney disease, malnutrition, or other health issues.
Albumin is a type of protein that helps maintain fluid balance in the body. Low albumin levels may indicate liver or kidney disease, malnutrition, or other health issues.
Globulin is a type of protein that helps fight infection and disease. Abnormal globulin levels can be an indication of inflammation, infection, or other health issues.
An abnormal Albumin/Globulin Ratio can be an indication of liver or kidney disease, infection, inflammation, or malnutrition.
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme produced in the liver, bones, and other tissues. Elevated ALP levels can be a sign of liver disease, bone disease, or other health problems.
Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is an enzyme produced primarily in the liver. High ALT levels can indicate liver disease or damage.
Glucose is a type of sugar that provides energy to the body’s cells. Elevated glucose levels can be a sign of diabetes or other health issues.
Symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) is a waste product that is eliminated by the kidneys. SDMA can be elevated months or even years earlier than other kidney disease markers.
Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) is a waste product of protein metabolism that is eliminated by the kidneys. Elevated BUN levels can be an indication of kidney disease or other health issues.
Creatinine is a waste product of muscle metabolism that is eliminated by the kidneys. Elevated creatinine levels can be an indication of kidney disease or other health problems.
An abnormal BUN/Creatinine Ratio may indicate kidney disease or other health issues.
Sodium is an electrolyte that is essential for proper body function. Abnormal sodium levels can indicate dehydration, kidney disease, or other health issues.
Potassium is another electrolyte that is important for proper body function. Low potassium levels can be an indication of kidney disease, Addison’s disease, or other health issues.
An abnormal sodium/potassium ratio can be an indication of dehydration, kidney disease, or other health issues.
Chloride is an electrolyte that is important for maintaining proper fluid balance in the body. Abnormal chloride levels can be a sign of kidney disease, dehydration, or other health issues.
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