We’re here for all stages of your pet’s life. From the early days to the golden years, the team at Deer Park Veterinary Hospital will be there to provide customized care based on your pet’s needs.

This means getting to know your pets and working with you to know when something is wrong. What do you know about Grumpy Cat? The frowning feline became an internet sensation when a photo of her was posted on Reddit in 2012, and that photo was used in many later internet memes. In the following years, Tardar Sauce (Grumpy Cat’s real name) was featured in advertising campaigns for major corporations, made appearances on national television programs, and experienced rapid growth of her social media following—she now has more than 8.5 million followers on Facebook.

But, it’s not what people know about Grumpy Cat. It’s what people didn’t know about Grumpy Cat. At just over 7 years old, Tardar Sauce—whose underbite and feline dwarfism caused her perma-frown—died last month due to complications from a urinary tract infection (UTI).

When a cat is suffering from a UTI, she may strain to urinate, frequently attempt to urinate, experience pain when urinating, have blood-tinged urine, or urinate outside the litter box. Would you recognize if your cat were straining or frequently attempting to urinate? Would you assume your cat had a UTI if her urine were darker than normal or if she urinated outside the litter box? Did Tardar Sauce’s owner recognize the signs of a UTI?

Cats hide signs of illness

When cats are sick, they can’t tell us something is wrong. And, even if they could tell us something was wrong, they probably wouldn’t. Cats are notorious for hiding signs of illness, and a cat owner often won’t recognize changes in a cat until the cat’s disease is advanced and her prognosis is poor.

Regular veterinary care can uncover early signs of illness in cats

Every cat should be seen by a veterinarian at least annually until the age of 7, and at least twice annually after that. During your cat’s visit, we’ll examine her dental health, digestive health, reproductive health, joint mobility, and more. We’ll assess her body condition score to determine if she is at a healthy weight, we’ll ask questions about her behavior and her lifestyle, and we’ll discuss her diet and exercise. We’ll also conduct regular blood work to compare to the results of previous years.

With cats, what seem to be small changes in behavior can actually mean big underlying medical conditions, and our exam and preventive blood work help to reveal disease processes in their early stages before they advance and make treatment difficult. The earlier we are able to diagnose your cat’s medical condition, the easier and more successful treatment will be.

We want your cat to live many happy years with you. Call us to schedule your feline friend’s regular preventive care exam.

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