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Feline Lifestages  

 Stage  Definition
 Kitten  0-1 year old
 Junior/Adult  1-6 years old
 Senior  7+ years old

 All  Kitten Junior/Adult Senior 
 General Recommended frequency of veterinary visits, importance of prevention and early detection of disease, health care planning Breed health care predispositions, alternatives to declawing, congenital concerns Evaluate congenital disorders, address special needs for lifestyle Evaluate congenital disorders, discuss preventative testing
 Behavior & Environment Housing, hunting activity, children and other pets, enrichment activities, behavior, travel Confirm adequate resource allocation and play with appropriate toys, acclimate to car and vet visits, teach commands Inter-cat interactions and social play may decline with age, provide continuing training to allow manipulation of mouth, ears and feet Review enrichment, encourage interaction with toys, increased importance of box, food and bed accessibility, monitor cognitive function (vocalization, confusion), discuss quality of life issues

 Medical & Surgical History

Previous medical history, medications, over the counter items Discuss sterilization and declawing, pros and cons of surgery at different ages

Spay/neuter if not done already, discuss establishing baseline data to assess changes

Monitor for subtle changes such as increased sleeping or decreased activity, monitor mobility, review medications and supplements
Elimination Discuss urinary tract health, elimination habits, litter box management Litter box setup, cleaning, and normal elimination Confirm that litter box size accommodates growing cats Review size and edge height of box and adjust as needed for aging cats
Nutrition & Weight Discuss eating habits, feeding recommendations, importance of regular assessment of weight Monitor for weight changes and feed to achieve ideal body weight Feed to achieve ideal body weight, adjust food accordingly if weight changes Monitor food intake, feed to achieve ideal body weight
Oral Health Discuss dental health, home care, dental disease, preventive care, cleanings and treatments Monitor and discuss as needed Monitor and discuss as needed Monitor for oral tumors, inability to eat and decreased quality of life due to painful dental disease
Parasite Control Tailor laboratory evaluations to lifestyle, evaluate risk based on geography, discuss zoonotic risk and prevention Fecal exams 2-4 times during the first year of life Fecal exams 1-2 times a year Fecal exams 1-2 times a year
Vaccinations Discuss core and non-core vaccines Core vaccines given 4 times, three weeks apart until 16 weeks old Continue core and necessary non-core vaccinations based on current guidelines Continue core and necessary non-core vaccinations based on current guidelines

 *Recommendations from American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

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The dental care process for my dog CoCo was AMAZING! This was the first oral check up for CoCo and the staff was to great about explaining everything to me. They kept me 'in the loop' on all they were doing and how CoCo was handling the process. They truly care about my dog and I couldn't be more appreciative.

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Omaha, NE

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