My 10 years old cat is going to have a blood work
done tomorrow in preparation for her teeth cleaning in November. A vet technician just left me a phone message asking me if I also would like her to get
an annaul examination.
I think for an annual exam the vet usually listens to the cat's heartbeats, looks into the cat's eyes and ears and feels the stomach with his fingers but I don't know how important it is to do these things.

Please let me know what you think.
Plese reply to the newsgroup as my mailbox has been disabled by the swen virus.
Thanks.
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Hi ,
My cat and dog have an annual booster and they are checked over at the same time . I think it's important , and older cats and dogs should have twice yearly check ups.

Alison
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My 10 years old cat is going to have a blood work done tomorrow in preparation for her teeth cleaning ... know what you think. Plese reply to the newsgroup as my mailbox has been disabled by the swen virus. Thanks.[/nq]I have always had an annual exam for each of my cats. It is done at the same time as any booster shots. Now that Holly is 8 years old ( think I said 9 years old in one message, then realized that I had added a year), I had a full panel blood work done. She is healthy and has never been sick, but this will give us a baseline to use as a guide as she gets older. Duffy is approximately 5 years old and was adopted several months ago. I had more extensive tests done because he came from an animal shelter and before that from a home that might not have given him the best care so he had vaccinations, heartworm test, thyroid check, blood pressure, full panel blood test, and FeLV (ELISA) test.

Everything checked out fine. Now we will go back to routine annual exams for a few years. This is more information than you requested, but you can see from this that I do think it is important to have regular exams. It helps us to monitor our pets' health, and might catch some problems early (instead of too late) just as with annual exams for people. This is particularly important for your cat because he is 10 years old and is becoming a "senior citizen" (although I admit that I don't really look at mine as "seniors" at that age mine never showed any signs of aging until well past 10 years).

MaryL
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Duffy, Part I: The Introduction Duffy, Part II: Life at Home
I think it's very important. My cats get annual wellness checks where they get a blood panel and a physical examination. I also think it's important as cats get older to have annual check ups.
Lauren

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My 10 years old cat is going to have a blood work done tomorrow in preparation for her teeth cleaning ... fingers but I don't know how important it is to do these things. Please let me know what you think.

Cats over 8 should have semiannual exams including CBC/chem screen, urinalysis, fecal exam and (indirect) blood pressure check. And if your finances permit, thoracic and abdominal x-rays - to catch cancer in the early stages when its most responsive to treatment.

Remember, after the first year, each human year is physiologically equivalent to *4* years for a cat. A lot of changes can take place in that time.
Phil.
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My 10 years old cat is going to have a ... do these things. Please let me know what you think.

Cats over 8 should have semiannual* exams including CBC/chem screen, urinalysis, fecal exam and (indirect) blood pressure check. And if ... is physiologically equivalent to *4 years for a cat. A lot of changes can take place in that time. Phil.

Oh geeze.. I'm not hauling a perfectly healthy indoor cat off to the vet every 6 months. Perhaps you meant biannual exams?
~~Philip
"Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"
My 10 years old cat is going to have a blood work done tomorrow in preparation for her teeth cleaning ... me know what you think. Plese reply to the newsgroup as my mailbox has been disabled by the swen virus.

I would, particularly if she is going to have anesthesia for her teeth cleaning. Bloodwork won't detect certain heart problems, but your vet may hear a murmur or other potential problems that may help him/her determine what kind of anesthesia to use and monitoring to use.
Cats over 8 should have semiannual exams including CBC/chem screen, ... lot of changes can take place in that time. Phil.

Oh geeze.. I'm not hauling a perfectly healthy indoor cat off to the vet every 6 months. Perhaps you meant biannual exams? ~~Philip "Never let school interfere with your education - Mark Twain"

Older cats can develop problems quickly. It's better to catch it sooner than later and less expensive as well.
Karen
My 10 years old cat is going to have a blood work done tomorrow in preparation for her teeth cleaning ... know what you think. Plese reply to the newsgroup as my mailbox has been disabled by the swen virus. Thanks.

Yes, I think it's important, (just like it is for people!) Not only do they check vitals and give needed vaccinations, but it's also a good time to discuss any concerns with your vet (such as weight gain or loss, changes in habits, etc.)
Rene
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